Circle of Life Criteria
The Circle of Life Award honors programs that:
- Serve people with life-limiting illness, their families, and their communities.
- Demonstrate effective, patient/family-centered, timely, safe, efficient and equitable palliative and end-of-life care.
- Use innovative approaches to meeting critical needs and serve as sustainable, replicable models for a segment of the field.
- Pursue quality improvement consistent with the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, NHPCO Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs or other widely-accepted standards, within their resources and capabilities.
- Address medical, psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs throughout the disease trajectory.
- Use innovative approaches to reach traditionally marginalized populations
- Actively partner with other health care organizations, education and training programs, the community, providers of care, and/or insurers.
- Use metrics that demonstrate significant impact and value for individuals, families and communities.
All organizations or groups in the United States that provide palliative or end-of-life care (hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers) are eligible for the award.