Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Calling all programs interested in providing community-based palliative care!

NHPCO is investing in tools and resources to support community-based palliative care program development, implementation, and sustainability.  

We have several resources available under the Palliative Care tab on our website. We also have the “Find a Provider map accessible from the home page using the drop down to switch the search to Palliative Care Provider. Please make sure we have up to date information on your program(s), especially hospice members that have added palliative care programs in recent years. You need to “get on the map!”

Our 2018 Management and Leadership Conference preconference offering, Community-Based Palliative Care:Getting Started and Making it Work (April 21 & 22), is an excellent place to start for programs that are exploring program development, are early in their program implementation, or are struggling with sustainability. The last two palliative care preconference events had an average session rating of 4.8 (out of a 5 point scale, with 5 being the highest rating).  Here are some comments from participants: “I will update my strategic plan with this new information” and “This information directly impacts the trajectory of our palliative service line.”

There is still time to register for the Community-Based Palliative Care Preconference at MLC! (Learn more about April's MLC & Advocacy Intensive.)

Next steps include reactivating the Palliative Care Council. Dr. Balu Natarajan, Chief Medical Officer for Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care and NHPCO Board member, will serve as our Council Chair. The Council will identify exemplary programs to be practice examples for our Palliative Care Toolkits. That is right, we heard you! We know you are asking for practical tools to help you develop, implement, and sustain community-based palliative care programs. We also know you have limited dollars to dedicate to association memberships, so let us fill this need for you by being your one-stop shop for hospice and palliative/advanced care resources. The Council will also explore ways NHPCO can support data collection so our palliative programs can demonstrate value to their various stakeholders, including consumers, health systems, health plans (payers), board of directors, legislators, etc.

Thank you for your patience. We know NHPCO has some catching up to do to meet your palliative care needs. That is why I am here. My background is strong in the clinical and administrative operations of hospice and innovative palliative care programs in both rural and urban settings. I am passionate about moving the hospice model upstream without sacrificing the value and timely connection of patients to traditional hospice services. So please help me, help you. Reach out to me and share your dreams, aspirations and pain points about developing, implementing, and sustaining a palliative or advanced care program. We want to highlight programs that are being successful with palliative and advanced care programs. Let’s start some synergy between those that are being successful within our membership and those that are striving to get there. We are the experts in community-based holistic person-centered care for seriously ill individuals and their families.  We got this!

 Lori Bishop, MHA, BSN, RN, CHPN
Vice President of Palliative & Advanced Care
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

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