Damanjeet Chaubey, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM
WCHN Medical Director for Palliative Care and Denial Management
Palliative care is patient-and family-centered care that improves the quality of life of patients with chronic or life-limiting illness. When patients and families are on the front lines of a serious illness, WCHN's palliative care specialists can provide answers, expertise and support in making decisions about their plan of care.
We are very pleased to host a CME activity “Principles of Palliative and End-of-Life Care for the Generalist” on June 8,2016. It is so timely given the health reform landscape. You may be aware that the benefits of an effective Palliative and End-of-Life program in improving quality of care for patients and families at the most vulnerable times of their lives has been widely established and validated.
In addition to medical literature, there are innumerable articles and op-ed in print and online media. There has been a significant increase in the general public awareness regarding the value of Palliative Care, its role in population health management and accountable care environment, which is becoming an imperative. Even though the benefits have been widely validated, limited access remains a problem for a variety of reasons: cultural barriers, shortage of board certified physicians, lack of generalist training, organizational support, understanding the difference between palliative care and hospice etc. BUT things are changing rapidly.
The Palliative Care Program at Danbury Hosital has existed since 2004. The Palliative Care Program is a ‘generalist- specialist’ model with a robust inpatient service and an expanded outpatient program. Below is a high-level program structure.
Western Connecticut Health Network is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
WCHN is committed to support the growth and expansion of Palliative Care services across the continuum of health to meet the needs of our patients. Our strategy is to support the expansion of clinical, education and research activities.We have a unique opportunity to spearhead an innovative generalist-specialist model in the community.
This CME will prepare health care providers (MD’s, PA’s, APRN’s) in providing generalist palliative care for their patients. This involves learning or refreshing skill sets for managing symptoms and having the necessary discussion “goals of care” for patients and allows specialist palliative care teams to focus on more complex and refractory symptoms management. CMS has also starting reimbursing physicians for such activities.
We are honored that Dr. Diane Meier who has helped lead policy and legislative changes at the state and federal level has accepted to be the keynote speaker for this event.