Elevating the patient experience through telehealth

Our very own Robin Stawasz, LMSW and program development executive recently was interviewed by Stan Massey of Transcend Strategy Group.  During the conversation, they discussed the emerging uses of telehealth and remote care tools used to improve care and the overall patient-family experience by offering more comprehensive monitoring and instant communication.

The need for a Serious Illness Digital Ecosystem (SIDE) to improve outcomes for patients receiving palliative and hospice care

The leadership team at Acclivity Health recently wrote a peer reviewed article that was published in April issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.  Here’s an excerpt of the abstract: Palliative and hospice care services produce immense benefits for patients living with serious illness and for their families. Due to the national shift toward value-based payment […]

Impact of a Palliative Care Education Module in Patients With Heart Failure

Heart failure impacts 6.2 million American adults. With no cure, therapies aim to prevent progression and manage symptoms. Inclusion of palliative care (PC) helps improve symptoms and quality of life. Heart failure guidelines recommend the inclusion of PC in HF therapy, but referrals are often delayed.

What Is the 1135 Waiver and What Does It Mean for My Hospice?

During these historic times, many healthcare providers are struggling to provide care in the same ways they did before COVID-19 disrupted everyday lives. To alleviate these pressures and to facilitate continued support to fight COVID-19, the President instituted protocols to give governmental agencies, like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the authority to invoke […]

Shortage of palliative care in USA could amplify suffering for coronavirus patients

For Jill Hofstede, whose 90-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease, news about the coronavirus becomes more terrifying every day. Although the potential shortages of mechanical ventilators and intensive care beds have made headlines, Hofstede fears a surge of COVID-19 patients could deprive her mother of something far more basic should she contract the disease: relief from pain and […]

Acclivity Enhances Mobile App To Support Care During COVID-19

Patient- and family-facing app aids in screening, telehealth, and more As COVID-19 continues to spread across our nation, Acclivity Health understands the growing concerns of hospice and palliative care organizations. Providers are having to limit their patient visits due to lack of staff, PPE supplies, and risk of exposure. Hospitals are transferring their seriously ill […]

Palliative Care Engagement Platforms Don’t Just Help Patients — They Help Providers

Technology helps with increasing efficiency, defining a patient’s needs, and gathering information before the appointment. Palliative care physicians know that patients often have a number of questions for their doctors during their first appointment: What does my care plan look like now? How do you collaborate with my existing medical team? Can you help me […]

Palliative Care Is Complex, But It Doesn’t Have To Be Confusing

PCforMe simplifies palliative care, empowers patients, and increases satisfaction. Historically, patients researching palliative care for the first time haven’t had the most helpful resources. Educational webpages tend to use medical terms, and often don’t explain the differences between palliative care and hospice. PCforMe’s interactivity seeks to personalize the education to the patient, and make their […]

7 Ways Acclivity Can Help Your Hospice Apply For Primary Care First

Setting you up for application acceptance and ongoing success The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Primary Care First (PCF) model is rolling out in 2020, and applications will be available in the coming weeks. The Seriously Ill Population (SIP) model under PCF is designed to improve care for high-need, high-risk patients who currently receive fragmented […]