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CMW News: Palliative care programs save hospitals money

Case Management Weekly, November 5, 2008

While palliative care is a relatively new specialty, a recent study provides more evidence of its benefits for both hospitals and patients.

The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a bi-monthly professional medical journal published by the American Medical Association, and shows that hospitals saved between $1,700 and $4,900 on each admission of a palliative care patient and $279 to $374 a day on patients in palliative care programs.

Palliative care programs save money because they focus on coordination of several specialties, which can reduce unnecessary and costly treatments. The programs also establish clear goals with patients and families to keep care moving in the right direction.

The number of palliative care programs is on the rise. Today, there are 1,299 hospitals nationwide that offer palliative care. In 2000, there were only 632.

Sources: HealthLeaders Media, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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