Ruth M. Thomson, DO, MBA, HMDC, FACOI, FAAHPM
Inpatient Palliative Medicine Consultant and Medical Director
Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care

Without a ‘playbook’ like the Medicare Hospice Benefit, starting or growing a community based palliative care (CBPC) program can feel daunting. CBPC programs face many challenges including reimbursement, workforce shortages, and scalability. Despite the challenges, CBPC programs are surviving and thriving, and opportunities abound in innovation and partnerships that can help address the pain points. Challenge your team to move past their fears and harness their creativity to improve the lives of seriously ill people and their families in your community.

Learning Objectives: 

      • Evaluate how your program can harness innovation to meet the needs for CBPC in your community
      • Describe how your program might form partnerships to scale access to CBPC
      • Formulate creative solutions that improve quality of life for people in your community living with serious illness

Ruth M. Thomson, DO, MBA, HMDC, FACOI, FAAHPM

Dr. Thomson joined the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2017 as an Inpatient Palliative Medicine Consultant and Medical Director of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care. She previously served 16 years at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, with 6 years in the role of Chief Medical Officer. During her 18 years in the field, she has achieved and maintained Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Hospice Medical Director Board Certification. Committed to education, she holds an appointment as Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and has delivered numerous state and national presentations. Dr. Thomson is passionate about advocating for access to high quality palliative and end-of-life care. She has demonstrated her passion and commitment by volunteering in a variety of capacities with the AAHPM including as a current member of the Board of Directors, current member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, past co-chair of the Public Policy Committee, and lead author of Essentials 1 (UNIPAC): Medical Care of People with Serious Illness.