Center for Improving Value in Health Care
Jul 9, 2012 | 1 comments | Posted by Jenny Nate
Coordinated Care, Delivery System Redesign, End-of-Life Care, Palliative Care, Controlling Costs
Considering the fact that CIVHC ‘s expansive charge is to improve the quality of care and bend the cost curve for health care across the state of Colorado, many people wonder why CIVHC has committed to an effort so specific as improving access to high quality palliative care, especially at such an early stage in our organization’s development. Perhaps an organization such as CIVHC should be more focused on “big picture” issues in Colorado, by identifying where we have the greatest opportunities to impact the quality and cost of care for the largest segments of our population. In 2008, the members of CIVHC’s planning committee took on that exercise, and identified palliative care as one of those opportunities.
Back in 2008, here’s what CIVHC’s planning committee knew based on evidence in literature:
At the time, the planning committee also identified that the mission of CIVHC would be guided by the “Triple Aim.” The Triple Aim framework, as established by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, states that the optimization of health system performance depends upon the simultaneous pursuit of the three following dimensions:
The evidence of many studies conducted over the years to test the impact of palliative care on quality, patient and family satisfaction, and cost suggest that palliative care has significant potential toward achieving the Triple Aim. Here are a few examples:
So, back to the original question, “Why is CIVHC working on palliative care?” Based upon what we know about palliative care’s vast potential to advance our goals of higher quality, lower costs, and better care for Coloradans, the response to that question is simple. Because we must.
Visit our website to learn more about palliative care.
Read Part I, "What's the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care", and Part III, "What's CIVHC Doing to Address Palliative Care", in the series.
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