Frequently asked questions
Q. Why is this program needed?
A. It is known that Palliative care improves patients’ quality of life by reducing pain and other symptoms. It is also shown to increase family satisfaction and quality of life, and to reduce healthcare resource utilization and cost by matching treatment to patients’ goals. Unfortunately, access to this type of care is limited because of a shortage of specialty trained palliative clinicians. By 2030 the population of people over the age of 65, living in the U.S. will double. Most of those people will have increasing symptom burden and suffering secondary to chronic illness. Training all clinicians in generalist palliative care principles will improve access for this vulnerable population.
Q. How was the curriculum developed?
A. Curriculum development proceeded from a triad perspective. The National Consensus Project Quality Palliative Care Guidelines and the National Quality Forum preferred practices for quality palliative care were incorporated with an informal needs assessment of potential participants. A national expert in development of palliative care curriculum in medical school and residency programs provided oversight and guidance in curriculum development and methods of instruction.
Q. What is the time commitment for participants?
A. Tier I requirements consist of a one-week combined morning didactic and afternoon clinical observation sessions. Tier II will consist of Tier I training plus extended mentoring, tailored to the needs of the participant.
Q. How is the program funded?
A. Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care applied for and received a generous grant from the Cambia Foundation. This grant is intended to build the generalist palliative care base inside and outside of Franciscan Health System and to increase the palliative workforce in general. The Pilot classes (September through December 2013) are offered at no cost to participants. Beginning in March classes will be offered every three weeks. There will be a cost for these classes in order to make the academy self-sustaining. That cost is yet to be determined.
Q. What is the schedule for the Academy?
A. We are offering one Tier One pilot session per month for 6 participants, per session, September through December in 2013. We are seeking a Tier Two participant to begin in September or October. Starting in March 2014, Tier One classes will be offered every three weeks.
Q. Who are the Class Facilitators?
A. The faculty is composed of three physicians and one nurse practitioner with national certification in Hospice and Palliative care as the clinical facilitators. The fifth member of the faculty is a senior hospice and palliative care administrator.
Q. Does the program offer CME credit?
A. Yes. Tier One training has been approved for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Q. Is the Academy right for me?
A. The Palliative Care Academy will train physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants who seek to improve their palliative care skills and knowledge. Most participants will likely come from Western Washington, but the Academy will be open to providers from anywhere across the country. We believe other healthcare organizations and practice groups will refer providers to increase their teams’ palliative care expertise and integration.
Q. What is the cost and how do I register?
A. The cost is $1,995 for physicians and $1,495 for ARNPs and physician assistants.
For more information please contact Tammy Bhang, ARNP at 253-312-5880.