Current and Upcoming Policies

Palliative Care Leadership Centers

Fairview Health Services’ Palliative Care Program is designated as one of seven national Palliative Care Leadership Centers by the Center to Advance Palliative Care. These programs host site visits, including training and technical assistance for hospitals and other institutions seeking to start or strengthen their own palliative care programs.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care, site provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other community based health care settings. The Center is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious, complex illness.

End of Life Palliative Education Resource Center

The End of Life Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC), shares educational resource material among the community of health professional educators involved in palliative care education. Its series of fact sheets provide concise, practical, peer-reviewed, and evidence-based summaries on key topics important to clinicians and trainees caring for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. Fast Facts are designed to be easily accessible and clinically relevant monographs on palliative care topics.

Population Health for Front-Line Providers: A Data Driven Approach

In the webinar, Population Health for Front-Line Providers: A Data Driven Approach, Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH and Hub coach, Carolyn Brill, CPHIMS, CHP discussed population health management for a provider audience. This data driven approach includes case examples of depression in people with diabetes and efforts to improve their clinical outcomes. This webinar will explore:

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care

The mission of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care is to create clinical practice guidelines that improve the quality of palliative care in the United States. Specifically, the clinical practice guidelines promote quality palliative care, foster consistent and high standards in palliative care, and encourage continuity of care across settings.

National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum, NQF, has established a set of 38 best practices for improving palliative care programs outlined in “A National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality."

Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, EPEC

Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, EPEC

Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, EPEC, is an online program designed to train physicians on the essential clinical competencies required to provide quality end-of-life care. A handbook and video version of the training are both available, as well as slide sets on many palliative care topics. Continuing Medical Education (CME) available.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is open to other health care providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or serious conditions.

Activities focus on education and training, resources, networking, and advocacy.

Palliative Care: Patients and Families

Palliative Care: Patients and Families

Get Palliative Care is an online resource, which provides clear comprehensive palliative care information for patients and families coping with serious, complex illness. Key components of the site include a Palliative Care Directory of Hospitals, a definition of palliative care, and a detailed description of what palliative care is and how it is different from hospice. It also provides an interactive questionnaire to assist people in determining whether palliative care is appropriate for them or their loved-ones.