Palliative Care and Geriatrics
Spragens & Associates, LLC has devoted over 50% of its consulting efforts to the emerging fields of palliative care and geriatrics, serving the expanded market need for providing effective and compassionate care to the severely ill and aging patient populations. We have developed considerable expertise in strategic planning and business planning for health care organizations interested in building successful new palliative care programs and for evaluating more established programs.
Spragens & Associates, LLC has worked extensively with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization based at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. CAPC is dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious, complex illness. CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Spragens & Associates, LLC has worked consistently with CAPC since 2000 developing business tools and curriculum, and also acting as a thought partner to CAPC leadership regarding CAPC’s strategy and business plans. We collaborated with CAPC in developing several financial tools to help palliative care teams both estimate the potential and evaluate the actual impact of a palliative care program in their organizations. These financial tools are currently available on CAPC’ s website.
One of the major challenges that a palliative care team encounters once a program is established is measuring and evaluating its quality and effectiveness. Data is essential to a program’s long-term success and helps the palliative care team demonstrate sustainability, improve its clinical outcomes, and continue to evaluate its program over time. Spragens & Associates, LLC has extensive experience in evaluating the financial and operational impact of established palliative care programs using a hospital’s data drawn from its administrative/financial cost systems. Our firm has also designed the user-friendly Palliative Care Rounding Tool Database software to help palliative care teams track the patient data needed to measure the quality and impact of their programs.