Palliative care cuts costs as much as 67% – FierceHealthcare
Kaiser Permanente’s home-based palliative care program not only increased patient satisfaction but also reduced emergency department visits, inpatient admissions and costs, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that may reinforce the palliative care push.
The program used a palliative care team focused on pain control and symptom management. Team members included a physician, a nurse with palliative care and pain management experience, a social worker and a chaplain. However, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and home health aides participated when necessary.
The palliative care team also provided ongoing care, support and education to both patients and family members with weekly nurse visits, occasional physician visits, as-needed visits from the social worker and chaplain, and a 24/7 nurse call center, according to the report.
After applying the home-based palliative care model, 93 percent of palliative care patients said they were very satisfied with their care 90 days after enrollment, compared to 81 percent for the usual care group, according to a randomized controlled trial.