Getting Reimbursed for Community-Based Palliative Care
Guest Contributor: Kathy Brandt
I just finished a great interview with the head of a Medicaid nursing home diversion program as part of a community-based palliative care needs assessment. I love these calls because I learn so much about the range and scope of services offered in communities.
No matter whom I talk to, each person expresses support for community-based palliative care. And each call also includes a discussion about the reimbursement mechanism for palliative care. Everyone – physicians, caseworkers, administrators, and patient advocates – recognizes the value of palliative care and the challenge in delivering a service that relies on traditional fee-for-service billing.