The Role of Hospice in
Reducing Hospital Readmissions

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session at the 2016 Spring Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from August 25, 2016 to September 30, 2017

Instructions for CME/CNE: Listen to the audio and view the slides, complete the post test, complete the evaluation form and hit submit. A score of 70% must be achieved on the post test to receive continuing education credits. Once you complete the evaluation form and score 70% or higher on your post test, you will automatically be given your certificate.

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.


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Description
Many patients who are readmitted to hospitals suffer from advanced disease. These patients face high risk for complications, prolonged stays, and frequent transitions. Hospice providers work closely with patients and families to identify care preferences, manage symptoms, and address clinical, emotional and spiritual needs through a team-oriented, interdisciplinary approach. This type of care allows patients to pick up the phone in a time of crisis and receive emergency medications at home, or a facility, without returning to the hospital. Integrating palliative care early, and making timely and appropriate hospice referrals can not only improve patient experiences, but address some of the most important issues faced by hospitals today: quality improvement, overcrowding in the Emergency Department and ICU, increasing coordination, preventing complications, reducing costs Ė and ultimately, return trips to the hospital in a patientís final stages of life when comfort matters most.

Upon Completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of hospice in preventing hospital readmissions

  • Appreciate differentiators in services provided by palliative care, home health and hospice

  • Identify characteristics of hospice providers best positioned to prevent hospital readmissions

  • Recognize hospice appropriate patients for common disease states
     

Faculty: Joseph Shega, MD
Regional Medical Director
VITAS Healthcare

Disclosure:

Dr. Shega has no financial relationships to disclose.
 
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacquelyn Smith, RN, BSN, MA, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Katie Eads has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Will Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation
The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM. Each physician should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

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