The 2019 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals provides an analysis of whether patients living with a serious illness in the United States are receiving access to palliative care services in hospitals. The goal is both to inform and to help the public and policymakers increase the availability of palliative care for the millions of people in need. As with our previous Report Cards, the 2019 State-by-State Report Card did not examine timeliness, reach, equitability, or quality of hospital-based palliative care programs. The grades represented are based solely on the number of palliative care teams in hospitals.
This report, an update of the 2015 edition, is the result of a collaboration between the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC). The report draws on the expertise of a research team led by R. Sean Morrison, MD, director of the National Palliative Care Research Center, Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and Maggie Rogers, MPH, Allison Silvers, MBA, Stacie Sinclair, MPP, and Rachael Heitner, MA, CHPCA, of CAPC.
The publication of this report was made possible by the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the ational Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) gratefully acknowledge the foundation’s support, together with that of CAPC membership and all of our funders, including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), American Cancer Society, Cambia Health Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, Patty and Jay Baker Foundation Inc, Peterson Center on Healthcare, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Allen H. and Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Brookdale Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Leslie & Roslyn Goldstein Foundation, The Milbank Foundation, The Y. C. Ho/Helen & Michael Chiang Foundation, Thelma Lyons, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert W. Gottesman, United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee Inc. (USCPRC), Weiner Family Foundation, and West Health Institute.
CAPC and NPCRC do not receive industry or pharmaceutical funding.
The Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. Led by Diane E. Meier, MD, CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
The National Palliative Care Research Center
The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) is dedicated to advancing palliative care research capacity in the United States. It works to rapidly translate important research findings into clinical practice in order to improve the care received by patients living with serious illness and their families Led by R. Sean Morrison, MD, NPCRC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, located in New York City. www.npcrc.org