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Overcoming Barriers to Growth in Home-Based Palliative Care

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019 11:52 PM

A recent study conducted by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) surveyed 25 home-based palliative care programs to see where the barriers to growth lie.

“For almost all of the barriers uncovered in CAPC’s needs assessment, support resources exist for organizations delivering home-based palliative care,” Brynn Bowman, CAPC vice president of education, told Home Health Care News in an email. “We urge [post-acute care providers] to assess whether there are gaps in available services for patients living with serious illnesses in their communities.”

The survey showed that sustainable financing is the single biggest barrier in delivering home-based palliative care, almost every respondent reported that they couldn’t fund an interdisciplinary team on fee-for-service billing alone.

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