The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is a membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. 

Primary Palliative Care Education

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Their activities focus on education and training, resources, networking, and advocacy. 

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality Palliative Care services for people facing serious illness. 

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) is a network of psychosocial care professionals actively dedicated to providing the best and latest information, professional resources, policy updates, and new and emerging education and research best practices in palliative and hospice care. 

Our Services

Advanced Practice Provider and RN Orientation and Mentoring Programs

Iris Plans, Inc., is a technology-enabled service providing Advance Care Planning (ACP) through video for people facing serious medical conditions. Iris Plans help to create a plan that guides important decisions, and then securely distribute these documents to anyone who needs them, including loved ones and healthcare providers.

Links for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Websites 

Get Palliative Care provides clear, comprehensive Palliative Care information for people coping with serious illness. Key features of the site include a Palliative Care Provider Directory, a definition of palliative care, and detailed descriptions of what palliative care does and how to get it. It also provides an interactive quiz to assist you in deciding whether palliative care might be right for you or a loved one. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).  

Palliative Care Consultants is able to provide Primary Palliative Care educational programs for your organization and your stakeholders. This education can be adapted to the needs of the learners.  For case managers, education may include Palliative Care triggers, the difference between Hospice and Palliative Care, and how to approach patients and families about Palliative Care. Topics for program stakeholders may include the organizational benefit of Palliative Care and the importance of proper communication techniques for all bedside providers. Primary Palliative Care education for bedside providers may include:  pain management, symptom management, grief and bereavement, communication, cultural impact of serious illness and end-of-life care. 

Gap Analysis and Redesign of Established Palliative Care Programs

Established Palliative Care programs experiencing challenges with growth or maturation may benefit from restructuring or redesign. Palliative Care Consultants is able to identity the challenges through a gap analysis. Once completed, the results from can be incorporated into both strategic planning and management action plans,  which can be customized to meet the needs of your organization.  

Palliative Care Consultants can assist organizations in starting Palliative Care programs through: needs assessment; identification of program champions; engagement of stakeholders; strategic planning; recruitment and hiring of team members; establishment of staffing protocols; team orientation and education; budgetary forecasting; policy and guideline development; payer-provider credentialing and contracting; organization education; development of documentation protocols; and creation of billing protocols and templates. 

Development and Implementation of Palliative Care Programs

Palliative Care Consultants

Palliative Care Consultants offers customized orientation programs for advanced practice providers (advanced practice registered nurses and physicians assistants) and registered nurses. Our orientation programs include evidence-based education including pain and symptom management, communication, advance care planning, morphine equivalency daily dosing, ethical applications in Palliative Care, documentation techniques to maximize billing reimbursement, and leadership skills.  

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is the national professional organization that represents the specialty of palliative nursing, which includes hospice and palliative nurses. They support the profession through education programs, research initiatives, and advocacy.  

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