Palliative Care is Different From Hospice Care
Palliative Care is available to your patient at any time during their illness. Your patient can receive Palliative Care at the same time they receive curative treatments. Its availability does not depend upon whether or not their condition an be cured. The goal is to make your patient as comfortable as possible and improve their quality of life. Hospice focuses on a person’s final months of life in a Part A setting. Your patient does not have to be in hospice, at the end of life to receive Palliative Care.
Refer Your Patient to Our Palliative Care Program And Continue to Manage Your Patient
Why Palliative Care?
- Palliative Care gives your patient a chance to live in their own home.
- Palliative Care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and many other symptoms. It can also help your patients deal with the side effects of the medical treatment they are receiving.
- Perhaps, more importantly, Palliative Care can help improve quality of life.
Palliative Care Consistently Reduces Costs for the Highest-Risk, Highest-Need Population
By better matching treatment plans to the patient goals and providing support where it is needed, Palliative Care has been shown to reduce the need for unnecessary and unwanted services. Palliative Care reduces health care utilization precisely because it addresses the root causes of acute care utilization - poorly managed pain and symptoms, and overwhelming caregiver stress and burden. Expert management of symptoms and support for beleaguered families leads to a reduction in 911 calls, ED visits, hospitalizations, and ICU stays, as well as in unnecessary diagnostic imaging and therapies that provide no benefit and may instead cause harm.
Palliative Care Improves Quality of Healthcare
In every setting in which it has been tested, Palliative Care improves care quality for the sickest most vulnerable patients across all diseases. Patients report a higher quality of life, less pain and fewer symptoms, and higher satisfaction with their care. Families and caregivers likewise experience less stress and psychological debility, and greater satisfaction with the care received by their loved one. Not surprisingly, when the patient and family both find their needs are being met, they no longer rely on 911 calls and hospitals to manage the patient’s illness.
People Want Palliative Care
Once informed about what Palliative Care is, the overwhelming majority of people report that they would want it for themselves and their families. According to a 2011 public opinion poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies:
- 95 percent of respondents agree it is important that patients with serious illness and their families be educated about Palliative Care.
- 92 percent of respondents say they would be likely to consider Palliative Care for loved ones if they had a serious illness.
- 92 percent of respondents say it is important that Palliative Care services be made available at all hospitals for patients with serious illness and their families.
Consider Our Disease Specific Palliative Care Program for Your Patients With the Following Diagnoses:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Head and Neck Cancer: Enteral Therapy for Part B Benefits
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Acute Myocardial Infarction
- Pain Management tied to ANY serious illness
Insurance Pays for Palliative Care
Most insurance plans cover all of part of the Palliative Care treatment that your patient currently receives under Part B benefits. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover Palliative Care.
A Team Approach to Patient-Centered Care
Palliative Care is provided by a team of specialists that may include:
- Family Practitioner
- Treating Physician Specialist
- Home Health Agency
- Family-Preferred Chaplain
- Home Care Nurse
- Social Worker
- Respiratory Care Practitioner
Why Our Palliative Care Program for Your Patient?
- We partner with you in treating your patient.
- We recognize that your patient prefers a referral for Palliative Care to hospice.
- We recognize curative treatment vs. hospice (non-curative treatment).
- We provide end of life care.
- We provide transitional care from hospital to home.
- We are patient centered.
- We provide comprehensive care.
- We provide coordinated care with home health agencies, social workers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, clergy.
- We have a commitment to quality.
We Work with You, to Manage Your Patient Together!