Palliative Care Quality Measures Project
AAHPM, in partnership with the Coalition and RAND Health, just completed the first year of their three-year Palliative Care Quality Measures Project to develop, test and implement two patient-reported outcome performance measures for patients with serious illness.
The two measures that are currently in the testing phase are:
- The adequacy and appropriateness of symptom management – particularly pain; and
- The experience of feeling heard and understood by palliative care provider and team.
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New State by State Palliative Care Report Card
America’s Care of Serious Illness, A State by State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in our Nation’s Hospitals, 2019, provides the most accurate estimate to date of the prevalence of hospital palliative care in the United States. Coalition members, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), conducted the report that was officially released at a briefing on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, Sept. 26 .
(Photo: Rae-Anne McLaughlin, patient advocate, Diane Meier, MD, CAPC and Coalition Board President, R. Sean Morrison, MD, NPCRC and Board Member, and Keysha Brooks-Coley, Vice President, Federal Advocacy & Strategic Alliances, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) at the 2019 State-by-State Report Card Briefing)
Information and Resources:
- Free webinar(recording and handout) about the report
- Take Action: Tips for Leveraging the 2019 State-by-State Report Card
- States Chart A Policy Path To Improve Palliative Care Services Across The Care Continuum, Health Affairs blog, August 13, 2019
- State Strategies to Address Palliative Care, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
Hospice Quality Reporting Program Patient Assessment Instrument and Quality Measure Development
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Abt Associates to develop a hospice assessment instrument and corresponding set of Quality Measures in support of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. As part of its measure development process, Abt Associates will convene groups of stakeholders and experts to contribute direction and thoughtful input during measure development and maintenance.
Congratulations to Coalition nominee Dr. Sean Morrison (from NPCRC) who was nominated and selected to serve on this prestigious panel.
New National POLST Form and Guide Released
The National POLST Paradigm and the Coalition are pleased to announce a new (single) National POLST Form and a POLST Form Guide to make it easier to honor patient treatment wishes, conduct research and quality assurance activities, and educate about its use. The purpose of the POLST form is to facilitate conversations between patients and their respective health care providers. To learn more, visit the National POLST Paradigm website.