Center to Advance Palliative Care Launches the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub

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While systems of accountability already exist, they do not yet adequately reflect what’s needed by people struggling with the burdens and stresses of serious illness,” notes Allison Silvers, MBA, co-director of the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) announces the launch of the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub, an initiative to align the existing U.S. health system quality assurance mechanisms with the best practices in caring for patients facing serious illness. CAPC will lead the national effort in collaboration with the National Quality Forum (NQF). Financial support in the amount of $2.4 million will be provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Serious illness carries a high risk of mortality and either negatively impacts a person’s quality of life or excessively strains their caregivers. Currently, millions of Americans are living with one or more serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart, lung, kidney, and neurological disease, and their ranks are expected to swell with the aging of our population. The care delivered to these patients varies dramatically across the country.

At the same time, there already exist a variety of mechanisms to hold providers accountable to evidence-based standards and the delivery of quality care. Building from this foundation, which has focused on prevention and cost-efficiency, the Hub will work to adapt those mechanisms to reflect the measures and practices that matter most to seriously ill patients and their families.

“While systems of accountability already exist, they do not yet adequately reflect what’s needed by people struggling with the burdens and stresses of serious illness,” notes Allison Silvers, MBA, co-director of the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub, along with Amy Kelley, MD. “We need to ensure there’s sufficient attention to well-being after an illness has occurred.”

The existing U.S. health care accountability systems are wide-ranging, and include:

  • Private employers (“purchasers”), which make decisions about the benefits to be included (or not included) in the health plans, provider networks and services offered to their employees.
  • Private health…

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