Improved outcomes, increased quality of care and decreased hospital readmissions decrease costs for patients and families during serious illness or at end of life, while reducing tolls on Medicare
An award-winning, hospice and palliative care industry leader, Four Seasons maintains a consistent track record of reducing costs while improving patient outcomes during serious, life limiting illness. In conjunction with its collaborative partner, Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton, Four Seasons will test a new model for community-based palliative care across the continuum of care spanning in-patient and outpatient settings.
The Four Seasons community palliative care model (CPC) removes barriers to patient care due to location, socio-economics, ethnicity or minority status, and fragility of medical condition. The model features interdisciplinary collaboration and the integration of palliative care into the health care system, continuity of care across transitions, and longitudinal, individualized support for patients and families - with the ultimate goals of increased quality of care and decreased hospital re-admissions.
An estimated 8,000 Medicare beneficiaries and their families will receive integrated health services in western North Carolina through the project. Of these, 78 percent will receive care through Four Seasons, and 22 percent will receive care through Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley.
"Historically, the CPC model has been shown to improve outcomes for patients as well as the experiences of family and professional care providers," says Dot Moyer, chairman of the Four Seasons Board of Directors.
"Four Seasons is being given an opportunity to prove the value of palliative care, and not only to the healthcare industry," says Moyer. "The patients and families we serve report high satisfaction with their care experiences. Now the high quality of care for which we're known will become increasingly valued and more widely available, not only in western North Carolina, but nationwide."
Clinical and financial results of the project will be monitored through partnership with Duke University. The findings will translate into potential finance models to assist Medicare beneficiaries who struggle with advanced, life-limiting illnesses. The data generated will also provide national benchmarks for other palliative care organizations to improve patient outcomes.