What is palliative care?
Palliative care is interdisciplinary care that seeks to improve quality of life and relieve suffering for those with advanced diseases.
Where is palliative care delivered?
What is needed for a patient to receive palliative care?
A physician order for referral to/for palliative care.
Who typically delivers palliative care and how is it reimbursed?
Palliative care is reimbursed as a medical service – like seeing a primary care provider or a specialist – and payment goes to the practitioner who provides it, such as a nurse practitioner or physician. A claim is submitted for the visit, just like in the outpatient or inpatient setting, with a code for palliative care. Most palliative care teams incorporate other disciplines that often do the pre-visit prep (through a nurse, nurse practitioner, social worker or chaplain) and the post-visit follow ups.
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