Making the Case for Palliative Care
Free and low-cost tools to help you pitch palliative care to stakeholders
“Making the case” is a chore many clinical and administrative leaders need to undertake if they want to create, sustain or expand a palliative care service.
Stakeholders who would be expected to support or refer to a palliative care service need to understand:
• Deficits or improvement opportunities in existing care processes,
• How a palliative care service could help with those issues, and
• The probability that a palliative care service would be feasible and sustainable from a fiscal perspective.
Gathering evidence and information to address all three of these topics can be time consuming. In this webinar we will review six new free or low-cost resources that can make “making the case” a whole lot easier.
Kathleen Kerr is a health care consultant in private practice in Mill Valley, California. She has expertise in palliative care, quality improvement and program evaluation, with particular interest in assessing financial outcomes. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as a Senior Analyst in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she participated in educational, technical assistance and research efforts focused on quality, safety, hospitalist financial and clinical outcomes, medical education and palliative care.
Currently, Ms. Kerr’s work is focused on developing sustainable models for community-based palliative care and residential hospice care, with particular emphasis on evaluating the business case for such services. She is a member of the core advisory group for CCCC’s Palliative Care Access Project, and is co-director of the Metrics Team for the California HealthCare Foundation’s Palliative Care Action Community – an effort that has brought together 21 diverse organizations with an interest in enhancing their community-based palliative care programs. She is a longtime member of the Award Committee for the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Award.