Our Founder and CEO, Jeremy Powell recently sat down with Dr. Karen Wyatt, End of Life University to participate in a podcast: “Technology Advances for End-of-Life Care”. During this episode, Jeremy and the host discuss how technology can help solve some of the greatest challenges in the provision of end-of-life care, how technology can help more patients be referred for hospice and palliative care in a timely manner, and why technology should be embraced.
Dr. John Mulder and Acclivity were recently featured in The Hospice Explained podcast entitled, Dr. John Mulder – Pioneering Member of Palliative Care Specialty. This podcast series covers topics spanning the differences between palliative and hospice, how technology can impact healthcare, and the stigma of other Doctors referring to hospice or palliative care for their patients.
Our very own, Dr. John Mulder, recently sat down with Dr. Karen Wyatt of End of Life University in her newest podcast episode: “Palliative Care: What’s Needed Now and in the Future”. During their conversation, they covered topics spanning Dr. Mulder’s background and how he got into the specialty, the difference between hospice and palliative care, addressing physician burnout, improving patient outcomes and quality of life, the importance of educating peers, attracting new talent, as well as his work with Acclivity and how technology can assist with referrals.
Our very own Robin Stawasz and our client, Kevin Hohnbaum, business development manager at Willamette Valley Hospice, recently co-authored an article entitled: “Finding Your Value and Sharing it With Others” that appears in the Fall 2021 quarterly addition of the NHPCO Newsline newsletter.
In the article, they help explain the importance of how hospices should be finding their place in the evolving healthcare landscape, as well as providing a Payment Model Primer.
Read the full article that can be found on page 6 here.
If palliative care were a drug, patients would be clamoring for it, providers would rely on it and more medical school graduates would be specializing in it. Palliative care has been proven to lower hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs, improve patient experience and outcomes and help people live longer. It gives patients more voice in their care and develops transparency and candor in the patient/provider relationship. There are drugs that don’t do half as much and are easily approved and wildly popular.
So why are so many seriously ill patients suffering needlessly without the benefit of palliative care?
Innovative collaboration equips ACOs, palliative care, and home healthcare providers with data and insights to predict medical problems before they occur and avoid unnecessary ED and hospital stays
Connected Care platform simplifies workflows and streamlines patient enrollment, allowing providers to spend more time with patients and reduce costs
June 15, 2021, JACKSONVILLE, FL – Acclivity Health, a trusted technology innovator in transforming care for the seriously ill, today announced a partnership with Vytalize Health, a leading provider of value-based healthcare for the Medicare population, to improve the quality of care for patients with advanced illness while reducing healthcare costs and increasing ROI for providers. The collaboration will make it easy for providers to access a holistic picture of the patient journey, identify which patients are at the highest risk for emergency department visits and hospital stays, and connect to a multidisciplinary care community to collaborate on the best care plan.Read more
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.
Evolving value-based payment models can promote system integration of palliative care, posing risks and opportunities for participating hospice providers.Hospices will need to be proactive in building relationships with payer networks to reap the full benefits of these programs.
A growing number of hospices have been diversifying their services to engage patients further upstream and open new revenue streams. Palliative care is among the most common new business lines, with hospices representing an estimated 50% of community-based palliative care providers nationwide, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Every year in the United States, 3.6 million people become Medicare eligible. Their health journey tends to go smoothly until the last few years of their lives, when their care becomes fragmented. They may need prescriptions, appointments with various doctors, mobility equipment, and more, while also wondering how much time they have left.
Statistically, caring for an aging or seriously ill loved one becomes the responsibility of the family’s oldest daughter, regardless of her caregiving or health care experience. It can be overwhelming to figure out what kind of specialist to see next, how to discuss end-of-life goals, and find community services, like transportation, translation services, behavioral health, and non-skilled care for bathing, toileting and feeding. Jeremy Powell, founder and CEO of Acclivity Health, started the company after seeing this scenario play out firsthand.
“For me, it began with palliative medicine. I was part of that 75% of the country who couldn’t define what “palliative medicine” was until a friend of mine, who was a physician and a daughter, received a late-stage terminal oncology diagnosis about her father,” said Powell. “I got to witness up close what end-of-life care should be, and I realized that the need for palliative medicine was something we could predict.”Read more
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 research relevant to them.Read more