C-Suite Cheat Sheet Series: Hospice and Palliative Care

Educational Briefing for Suppliers and Service Providers

Executive Summary

Hospice care provides comfort to patients during the last months of life through comprehensive services and a care team of clinicians (i.e., physicians, nurses, and therapy providers), social workers, spiritual care providers, and volunteers. Palliative care focuses specifically on pain management and symptom relief and is administered to those in hospice, but may also be used to support patients who are not receiving hospice care. Though hospice and palliative care can significantly lower health care costs while improving quality of life, research indicates the benefits have been under-utilized in the care delivery system.

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