1K: Advancing Palliative Care to Drive Better Patient Outcomes and Manage Costs

Arif Kamal, MD

This workshop examines the role that palliative care programs can play in the cancer care continuum and the progress made to date to ensure that palliative care is accurately defined among healthcare professionals and cancer patients allowing for optimum treatment decisions. The session also explores how shifting payment models, payer initiatives to promote palliative care and advanced care directives impact patient outcomes and total cost of care.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Identify barriers and challenges for advancing palliative care models
  • Discuss future trends in palliative care and how to determine the true impact of palliative care on patient outcomes and total cost of care
  • Encourage patients to examine end-of-life strategies and advance care planning before declining health