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2016 MLC - PCO5

Wednesday, April 20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PC05: Taking Hospice Skills Upstream: New Ways Hospice Can Partner with Health Systems and ACO’s

Sue Lyn Schramm, MA, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA
Randall Wagner, MD, Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, MD

Healthcare payment reform is creating a new set of challenges and opportunities for hospitals and health systems. Hospital reimbursement is more at risk than ever before, placing greater emphasis on the ability to manage patient care and patient costs. Hospice has decades of experience in holistic care management for frail community-based patients. This seminar will discuss models for hospice and palliative provider participation in the healthcare continuum and will help the hospice administrator evaluate what opportunities may exist to become an active partner with hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other at-risk organizations in your market.

Learning Objectives:

  • List transferrable skills that hospice providers can use to develop business partnerships with health systems and ACOs
  • Describe the financial incentives of hospitals and ACOs receiving risk-based payments
  • Identify the principal business questions that must be answered to develop a sustainable business plan for a palliative or "upstream" care program

CE/CME: Nurse, Physician, and Social Worker