HopeHealth’s Dr. Leah McDonald Sees ‘System-Wide Embedding’ of Palliative Skills

A systematic overhaul of the nation’s health care education programs is needed to ensure that future clinicians are prepared to provide palliative and hospice care amid rising demand, according to Dr. Leah McDonald of HopeHealth. McDonald is a hospice and palliative care physician at HopeHealth. The nonprofit health system offers home health, hospice and palliative […]

Children’s Specialized Hospital CMO: Peer Mentors Key to Building a Pediatric Palliative Care Workforce

The nation’s supply of pediatric palliative care professionals pales in comparison to the demand for these services, according to Dr. Colin O’Reilly, vice president and chief medical officer at Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH). The New-Jersey based hospital is part of the RWJBarnabas Health system and serves roughly 200,000 pediatric palliative care patients across its service […]

Compassus’ Laura Templeton: Education, Better Reimbursement Needed to Foster Palliative Care Growth

Two barriers interfere with palliative care growth — identifying patients in need and a fragmented reimbursement system, according to Laura Templeton, COO and executive vice president at Compassus. As a nurse, Templeton has leveraged her clinical experiences to help navigate challenges that prevent patients from accessing care. She recently ascended to her current executive role […]

The Hot Take: Empassion Health’s Nicole McCann-Davis Discusses Health Equity Issues Percolating in Palliative Care

Palliative care providers have a limited window into the disparities plaguing underserved populations when it comes to access and awareness of their serious illness care options, according to Nicole McCann-Davis, vice president of communications and chief health equity officer at Empassion Health. Palliative Care News recently sat down with McCann-Davis to discuss the scope of […]