Palliative Care: Impact on Quality and Cost

A program funded in part by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the Atlanta Cluster

Over the last ten years palliative care has been one of the fastest growing areas in healthcare, yet it is frequently misunderstood and misdefined by providers as well as patients because of its association with the end of life. Palliative care relieves pain and provides care, whether a person is on the road to cure or recovery, has completed treatment, or is living with progressive serious or chronic illness. Palliative care is uniquely poised to play a key role in surviving the impact of health reform that increasingly emphasizes care coordination, patient-centeredness and cost-containment.

As part of the continuum of care, early engagement in palliative care has positive, long-term outcomes—improving quality, reducing cost and prolonging survival.

During this valuable, half-day session, you will gain a clear understanding of the opportunities palliative care programs can provide to your department and organization. See how a palliative care program can help address many of the medical, psychological, financial and ethical challenges that occur in the continuum of care. Equip yourself with specific strategies to develop a new palliative care program or set priorities for an existing program. Ensure your organization has adequate staff and resources to fulfill its potential in terms of both quality and cost of care.

  • Align palliative care with organizational mission and goals

  • Identify specific ways palliative care impacts quality and cost in hospitals

  • Pinpoint conditions that maximize impact of palliative care service

  • Introduce new tools well designed for rapid implementation of expanded palliative care services

  • Identify patient characteristics that can be used to trigger earlier identification of needs

For those already participating in the Atlanta Cluster, continue your professional growth with this special program. Or, participate solely in this program and discover tremendous opportunities for improving patient care and the overall health of the communities you serve.

Schedule of Events
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–8:20 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

8:20 a.m.–9:20 a.m. Palliative Care: Impact on Quality and Cost

9:20 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion

9:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Panel Presentation

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion With Panelists

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


Keynote Speaker

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than doubled in the last five years. She is also the vice chair for public policy at the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute where she previously served as director for twelve years; professor of geriatrics and internal medicine; and Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

A select panel of healthcare leaders will react to Dr. Meier’s remarks and share experiences related to operationalizing and expanding palliative care services within the hospital and into other settings as a focused, high impact strategy for health systems considering accountable care and preparing for value-based purchasing.


  • Bernard Hammes, PhD
    Director of Respecting Choices® and Medical Humanities
    Gundersen Health System
  • John Haupert, FACHE
    President and CEO
    Grady Health System
  • Stacie T. Pinderhughes, MD
    Medical Director, Palliative Medicine
    Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

A Note About Faculty Comments

The comments and opinions of presenters made during the program are their own. Such comments are meant to be informative, illustrative or educational in nature and not endorsed by nor are they the official policy of ACHE.

ACHE members—$369
Includes: breakfast, registration fees and course materials
Continuing Education Credits

Participation in this workshop qualifies for 4 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. ACHE is accredited by other organizations to provide continuing education credit.

To enroll, please register online at or call the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400.

Healthcare management innovation is identified by the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership as a key area of focus. By providing innovative learning opportunities on important trends and issues, the Fund strengthens the field of healthcare leadership. Your attendance at this program will not only benefit you and your organization but advances the healthcare management profession as a whole.

For more information on the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, visit .