Seniors with Serious Illnesses Benefit from Advanced Illness Management: Hospice of the West Reports Enhanced Care Quality, Reduced Economic Burdens, High Satisfaction

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#advancedillnessHospice
of the West
(HOW), a leading community-based hospice and palliative
care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, points to the importance
of Advanced Illness Management (AIM) for health plan members with
serious illnesses, effectively improving care quality, addressing
financial consequences, and coordinating access to care. To further
advance satisfaction with care and health plan participation, AIM
utilizes a unique Palliative Illness Management™ solution, powered by Turn-Key
, to deliver a range of services that are highly valued, but
may have been missing in traditional models of care: symptom management,
nutritional counseling, health system navigation, coordination with
physicians, access to care, spiritual support, and more.

“The most effective AIM model deploys local, specially trained
palliative care teams to identify and engage with individuals and their
families,” says Dr. Ashish Sachdeva, associate physician, HOW. “Using
sophisticated analytics, telephone and in-house assessments, these teams
close gaps in care for these most vulnerable and fragile individuals.”

An interdisciplinary team of palliative care experts, including
specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, and other
clinicians, have the skills, expertise and experience to also conduct
sensitive discussions regarding quality of life at the end of life.

“These timely conversations establish personalized goals of care that
meet individual wishes,” says Dr. Sachdeva. “This profound sensitivity
and responsiveness to the issues that really matter to patients and
families results in a better quality life for all. Medical needs are
rapidly escalated to engage patients with appropriate medical resources,
relieve stress and promote high levels of satisfaction.”

Armed with a greater understanding of their illness and prognosis, many
individuals can opt against expensive, high tech or intensive treatments
that may be unwanted and often result in hospitalizations.

“This advanced care planning reduces economic burdens by avoiding
out-of-pocket co-pays for hospitalizations, re-admissions, ICU and ER
visits,” says Dr. Sachdeva. “Reducing the financial consequences of
serious illnesses is vitally important to members and families.”

About Hospice of the West

Hospice of the West is a community based Hospice and Palliative Care
organization based in Maricopa County, Arizona and is committed to
serving the unique needs of individuals facing a serious illness and
providing ongoing support to patient families and loved ones.


Katelyn Petersen, 201-641-1911 x 18
Communications for Hospice of the West