Integrated End-of-Life Care

Integrated End-of-Life Care Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The aging of baby boomers and an increased need to contain hospital costs in the United States has led many organizations to fine tune their services for patients who are in need of palliative care. Most patients prefer to remain in their home at this time of their life; palliative and coordinated care can help them maintain control of their care choices, avoid inpatient and emergency department costs, and increase their satisfaction with their end-of-life care.

The featured Innovations describe two programs that used palliative care to help elderly and terminally ill patients make greater use of hospice and home care services. A third program coordinated care for Medicare patients and their families, allowing them to define their wishes and options for end-of-life care, increase their use of hospice services, and reduce the incidence of inpatient stays.

The featured QualityTools provide educational, clinical, and organizational resources and information to help ensure better care for patients and their families as they face end-of-life issues.

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