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    CPMC Receives Grant from California HealthCare Foundation to Further its Work in Palliative Care

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    Contact: Dean Fryer -- 415-600-7484 or pager 415-232-6463

    San Francisco, CA, January 27, 2015 - California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a Sutter Health affiliate, announced today that in collaboration with Sutter Care at Home and Brown and Toland Medical Group, it has received a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation to support its work in the area of palliative care.

    Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and the family. Multiple studies show that patients who receive palliative care services experience better quality of life with fewer symptoms of illness, and may even live longer. Nevertheless, palliative care services are under-utilized, in part because consumers are unaware of the benefits, providers need additional education and support to provide the service, and some insurers still do not cover the full range of effective services as part of their benefits packages.

    To address this gap, CPMC will use the $50,000 six-month planning grant to build an innovative strategy for organizing, delivering, and financing its community-based palliative care services. CPMC’s strategy will include identifying patients early in the course of advanced illness, initiating palliative care earlier in both hospital-based and home-based settings, and improving the coordination of care among all programs involved.

    “This set of services will be available for all patients who need palliative care to better manage serious illnesses,” said Mary Lanier, chief administrative officer of CPMC’s Davies Campus. “The effort will allow us to better coordinate advance care planning, including palliative and hospice care, with a focus on quality of life.”

    This effort complements other state and national initiatives designed to increase access to quality end-of-life care. The state-government led “Let’s Get Healthy California” initiative includes a goal to “maintain dignity and independence at the end of life by reducing hospitalizations around the end of life, increasing palliative care and hospice care, and increasing advance care planning.” Palliative care is one of four key initiatives identified as part of the California State Innovation Model, an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and spearheaded at the local level by California Health and Human Services Agency, aimed at improving the way health care is delivered.

    This initiative also builds upon findings outlined in the toolkit, “Improving Care for People with Serious Illness through Innovative Payer-Provider Partnerships,” developed by the National Business Group on Health and the Center to Advance Palliative Care. This toolkit summarizes key initiatives and programs by insurers in palliative care nationwide, and provides resources to help payers, employers, and providers collaborate to deliver care to people with complex needs. (See Opens new window

    About California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)—A Sutter Health Affiliate

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