How Does Palliative Care Impact the Healthcare Team?
Palliative care is not just for the patient and families. Healthcare teams report greater satisfaction in their work by providing comprehensive care for patients and their families suffering from serious or chronic illness. As a team, palliative care supports hospital, community and family caregivers by creating a coordinated quality of life plan that supports the patients goals.
High Healthcare Costs
Palliative care increases patient and family satisfaction, improves quality, and minimizes burden to the health care system. While focused on the patient and family, palliative care impacts the entire system. When palliative care is utilized in outpatient and inpatient settings, there is a decrease in hospital readmission rates, intensive care unit utilization, emergency room visits, and hospital length of stay.
Palliative care focuses on the highest need and highest cost patient segment; those that are chronically or seriously ill. This approach is relevant as an essential strategy for population health management.
Palliative care teams working in hospitals:
•Improve patient and family satisfaction with care
•Reduce 30-day readmission rates
•Reduce ICU utilization
•Can save 9-25% of costs for each inpatient stay through a mixture of shorter length of stay and reduced cost per day.
Palliative care teams working in home-based programs:
Demonstrate cost savings as much as $12,000 per person enrolled in ACOs, health plans, and health care systems.
Reduce emergency department visits, hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, and hospital length of stay.
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