The Value Initiative Issue Brief 5: Improving Value for Patients with a Serious Illness

The U.S. spends $909 billion annually on patients with serious illness, such as cancer, COPD or dementia.  Palliative care – a specialized care model for individuals living with serious illness - is an effective approach to address patients’ medical and psychosocial needs while reducing cost.  It is based on the patient’s needs, not prognosis. This Issue Brief examines how a palliative care promotes value for patients, hospitals and communities, and includes case examples and resources.

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