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309.609.13 Palliative and Hospice Care: Quality of Care and Health Policy

Health Policy and Management
Winter Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Mon 01/14/2013 - Tue 01/15/2013
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Addresses the policy problems related to improving access, quality and cost-effectiveness for palliative and hospice care within the current medical system, using case studies and workshop exercises. Also addresses the challenges and opportunities palliative and hospice care face under health reform. Considers questions such as: what communication strategies can be widely applied to help patients understand and choose care in accordance with their goals and values; how palliative care and hospice services should be delivered by accountable care organizations and medical homes; how palliative care can be integrated into the long-term care environment; and what quality measures should be integrated into performance measurement for all providers of the seriously ill.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss components of what makes a “good death.”
  2. Adapt to individual and cultural differences and commonalities in hospices.
  3. Describe basic delivery and financing structure for hospice services in US.
  4. Describe basic delivery and financing structure for palliative care services in US.
  5. Use data sources to assess local variations in end-of-life care.
  6. Analyze gaps in delivery of end-of-life care services and potential policy options for addressing these gaps.
  7. Explain the impact of policy options for improving end-of-life care on overall health system quality of care, cost of care and pt/family experience of care.
Methods of Assessment:

Final paper 70%, Participation in class exercises 25%, and
presentation 5%

Enrollment Restriction:

Students who were previously enrolled in the special studies version of this course (309.845.51) may not register for this course.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required