A Medalogix initiative using data analytics to help physicians identify at-risk patients eligible for hospice and palliative care and then use the information in their decision-making has made the finalist list in the Harvard Health Acceleration Challenge, which carries a $150,000 prize. The projects had to decrease health care costs, improve quality, expand access and be scalable.
AAHPM developed the list as a proud partner in the Choosing Wisely campaign. The list included a recommendation to not delay referral for palliative care for seriously ill patients who could benefit from this service and other medical regimens that may be efficacious for these patients.
Black patients with end-stage renal disease were less likely than whites to have dialysis discontinued or be referred to hospice, and more likely to die in a hospital, University of Washington researchers reported in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The discrepancies were greater in geographic areas with higher Medicare spending on end-of-life care.