Palliative Care - Maximizing Its Value in Building Strategic Partnerships

Monday, May 1, 2017: 2:45 PM-3:45 PM
Jefferson East (Washington Hilton) - Concourse Level
Phaedra F Kunze, The Elizabeth Hospice, Escondido, CA, Laura Patel, MD, Transitions LifeCare (founded as Hospice of Wake County), Raleigh, NC, Tracie L Schwoyer-Morgan, DNP, ANP-BC, Gilchrist, Towson, MD and Bill C Musick, BS, MBA, CHC, CHPC, Corridor, Honolulu, HI
Increasingly, strategic referral partners for home health and hospice are showing a strong interest in palliative care services. With the prospect of narrowing networks, palliative care may become an important distinguishing factor, if not a requirement, for agencies that wish to partner with health systems, physician networks, and/or commercial payers. This session will focus on examples of palliative care programs that home care providers are launching to meet the needs of these key strategic partners. Learn what agencies and their referral partners have to say about the challenges and rewards of setting up these programs, with a focus on how much to customize programs to suit individual partners’ specific needs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the interest of strategic referral partners in palliative care
2. Identify key types of palliative care programs being developed to meet the needs of strategic referral partners
3. Outline successes and challenges that hospices are experiencing in pursuing development of palliative care programs with strategic partners

CE/CME: Nurse, Physician and Social Worker