Patients, families and clinicians in other fields need a better understanding of palliative care in order to fully realize the clinical and financial benefits of those services, according to physician John Mulder, M.D. The palliative care community also needs a more substantial reimbursement structure to ensure that providers can meet rising demand and to attract new talent to this medical specialty.

Mulder is well-known in the hospice and palliative care community through his work at several organizations and for speaking at national industry conferences. Currently, he is chief medical consultant for hospice and palliative care at Holland Home, the largest provider of elder care services in Michigan. He also serves as executive director for the Trillium Institute, which provides education for clinicians on managing serious and terminal illness.