America’s Care of Serious Illness: 2015 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals provides an analysis of whether seriously ill patients in the United States are receiving equitable 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 Americans in need.
This report, an update of the 2011 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 Tamara Dumanovsky, PhD, and Maggie Rogers, MPH, of CAPC. Additional editorial contributions were provided by Saskia Siderow, Stacie Sinclair, MPP, Emily Warner, JD, Marian Appellof, and Lisa Morgan.
The publication of this report was made possible by the generous support of the Cambia Health Foundation. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) gratefully acknowledge the foundation’s support, together with that of CAPC membership and all of our funders, including the Altman Foundation, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the American Cancer Society, Anonymous, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Patty and Jay Baker Foundation, the Adele and Leonard Block Foundation, the Brookdale Foundation, the Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Cameron and Hayden Lord Foundation, Thelma Lyon, the Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation, the Mill Park Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Olive Branch Foundation, the Y. C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation, and Zena Wiener.
CAPC and NPCRC do not receive industry or pharmaceutical funding.
Click here to access the accompanying article in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
The Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), established in 1999, is a national, member-based organization dedicated to increasing access to quality palliative care for people facing serious illness. CAPC provides hospitals, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care. We work to train frontline clinicians, stimulate new palliative care capacity in all settings and support the long-term sustainability and quality of established services. In addition to supporting clinicians at the bedside, CAPC works with major national health care organizations, policymakers, payers and educators to integrate palliative care as the standard of practice for all seriously ill patients.
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 mission of the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) is to improve care for patients with serious illness and address the needs of their families by promotion of palliative care research. The NPCRC, founded in 2005, establishes priorities for palliative care research, develops a new generation of researchers in palliative care and coordinates and supports studies focused on improving care for patients and families living with serious illness.
The NPCRC is led by R. Sean Morrison, MD, and is located in New York City at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In collaboration with the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the NPCRC 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.