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Palliative Care

The primary difference between hospice and palliative care is that hospice care is provided during the last months of life, but palliative care can begin at any stage of a serious illness. It manages side effects of treatments, and helps you find ways to handle the day-to-day challenges. Palliative care emphasizes good symptom management that helps avoid an emergency hospitalization.

The Right Care at the Right Time

  • Palliative care can be given while seeking aggressive therapies
  • Physician or Nurse Practitioner based model palliative consults
  • Available in the nursing home or at home
  • Fill the void in the continuum of care
  • Patterned after the World Health Organization’s best practices for palliative care
  • Passages Palliative Care is a palliative group practice funded through Medicare Part B and private insurance
  • We work with a preferred non-profit, Hospice Dreams, a charity that grants wishes to adult hospice patients
  • Proud partner of the We Honor Veterans program through the NHPCO

INTERACT Improves Quality, Increases Efficiency, Reduces Costs
INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program to aid n early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about care and reduce status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reducethe frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital, which can result in numerous complications, and billions of dollars in unnecessary health care expenditures.

  • One in 4 Medicare patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities from hospitals is readmitted in 30 days.
  • One elderly patient with multiple diagnoses can cost the hospital as much as $88,000

The Bridge Model Ensures Smooth Transitions
The Bridge Model (Bridge) is a social work-based transitional care model designed for older adults discharged home from an inpatient hospital stay. Bridge helps to safely transition patients back to the community through intensive care coordination that starts in the hospital and continues after discharge.

The Bridge Model consists of three intervention phases: (1) Pre-discharge; (2) Post-discharge; and (3) Follow up. The Bridge Care Coordinator will follow up with patients at 30 days post-discharge to track their progress and address emerging needs. This program will decrease 30 day re-admissions and improve healthcare cost savings.

Passages Hospice is the only hospice in the country to be part of both the INTERACT program and the Bridge Model to
reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and provide better care.



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