Providing more CARING care

Overview:

With increased life expectancy and increased prevalence of chronic disease, the management of chronic and end of life conditions are more important than ever before.  Studies have shown that as much as 27% of the entire Medicare burden is spent in the last year of  a patient’s life.  At what point does standard medical care evolve into palliative care or hospice care, especially for incurable disease?  Are we optimizing comfort care regardless of the medical condition?  Will the extra test or procedure bring a better result?  What is the best thing to do for the patient?   In the optimal treatment world, all three modalities coexist and are interconnected.  Principles of palliative care apply throughout the course of the disease.  One needs to look at traditional medical care, palliative care and hospice care as part of a total health continuum with areas of overlap throughout.  Caregivers need to be familiar with applying all three modalities through the course of care.  Dr. Berkowitz will discuss how to manage this continuum of care and how to best adopt palliative and hospice treatment into your institution’s current management of chronic disease and end of life care.  The ability to excel in all three modalities maximizes the ability to provide true value…. maximizing clinical outcomes, patient experience and cost-effective care.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact of chronic disease and end of life care in terms of quality, patient experience and cost
  • Discuss the evolving role of palliative care in the treatment of incurable disease
  • Discuss the continuum of services between standard care, palliative care and hospice
  • Review the educational and culture change necessary for chronic and end of life care
  • Review the importance of providing care and comfort regardless of the clinical situation
  • Review national best practice examples and how to apply them to your institution