My hospital currently offers an inpatient palliative care consult service. At what point does it make sense from a financial standpoint to offer palliative care consults in the outpatient setting?
Given the complexity of the palliative care finances, there is no clear “tipping point” at which it makes sense to offer outpatient palliative care. Rather, individual institutions need to evaluate their circumstances and the extent to which they are willing to invest in a service that is likely to result in financial losses in exchange for improvements in patient care.
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