Palliative Care Innovation on the Horizon

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2020

According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) palliative care is growing in the hospice space, as almost half of community-based palliative care providers in the United States are hospices.

In January 2021, the value-based insurance design (VBID) payment model demonstration project will begin, allowing Medicare Advantage plans to carve in hospice.  This has created a financial draw for providers to delve deeper into the palliative care realm.

“What we’re seeing in terms of innovative models [is] a strong interest in expanding access to palliative care beyond the hospital and into the community either near the home virtually or in homes,” said Peggy Maguire of Ore.-based Cambia Health Solutions during the Hospice News Elevate conference. Maguire is executive vice president of Ore.-based Cambia Health Solutions and president of the Cambia Health Foundation. “There’s been a lot of innovation in the Medicare Advantage space, starting with supplemental benefits. There’s a real opportunity to be creative about Medicare Advantage benefits.”

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