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Outpatient Palliative Care Reduces Hospitalizations, Which Impact Costs, While Improving Quality of Life for Seniors and Family Caregivers - New Study in American Journal of Managed Care
Date:12/2/2009

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"Our current care delivery system does not routinely include care coordination and practical, emotional, as well as spiritual support to bridge medical and non-medical home care," says Dr. Tobin. "This is critical at the time of a hospital discharge. In the case of advancing cancer, heart, lung, kidney, or Alzheimer's disease, it is important to recognize that these are times when patients and their families need guidance about health-related benefits and hospice."

Currently, only some Medicare health plans and hospitals cover care coordination for outpatient palliative care, and families seeking a family care manager help must pay for the service themselves. As an independent family care manager service, Care Support of America is working with innovative payers and hospitals as well as directly with the consumer.

About Dr. Dan Tobin

Dan Tobin, M.D. is Founder and CEO of Care Support of America, a national family care manager service. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry (health psychology) at Dartmouth Medical School and the author of books and articles on advanced illness health counseling, family caregiving, and end-of-life care. Dr. Tobin's blog, The Caregiver, appears on the Psychology Today Website at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-caregiver.

About Care Support of America

Care Support of America (http://www.caresupportofamerica.com) is an independent family care manager service that helps patients and families identify and solve advanced illness, family caregiving, and palliative as well as end-of-life care issues.

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