Hi everyone. We want to start a palliative care line in our home health agency, which is part of our critical access hospital in remote Alaska. Does anyone have any suggestions about where to start? I know I need to read the regulations, but beyond that...I'm not sure what sort of information to gather, analysis to do, etc. Thanks!
Maybe contact your local oncology, cardiology and pulmonary providers to see what their interest is as they will most likely be the ones to refer to palliative care. This is such an underserved area of medicine with huge benefits to the patients. Not only for symptom management/ quality of life but also for support. If your organization also provides hospice services then a strong palliative program can establish a smooth transition for when patients need hospice care.
Maybe also reach out to the providers of palliative care in large cities in your state - they may be able to provide recommendations.
Also, have you explored hpna.org? I'm not sure what resources they have available to meet your specific needs but that website has a wealth of info.
Thanks very much! I will explore hpna.org, and also check with palliative care folks in larger cities.