Serious Illness Management Toolkit: Power Tools for Palliative Care Medicine and Hospice for All PAs

This activity aims to educate PAs more about the role of hospice and palliative care in caring for patients with life-threatening and serious illness. It provides background on how these interdisciplinary teams function and when and how to access them. One focus will be providing practical and detailed knowledge about the Medicare Hospice benefit and what PAs as hospice attendings will need to know to refer and partner with hospice to provide care for their patients on hospice. Elements of advanced communication skills, having difficult conversations, and managing acute symptoms needs found at the end-of-life is highlighted. This activity is a collaboration between AAPA and PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM).

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Define and differentiate palliative care and hospice
  • Discuss various delivery models for both palliative care and hospice and how to access and appropriately utilize each
  • Identify and explain the roles of members of palliative care and hospice interdisciplinary teams
  • Discuss and practice tools to approaching difficult conversations
  • Discuss and practice ways to partner with hospice to manage symptoms seen at the end-of-life; including pain, nausea, anxiety, delirium

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