Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) means that a person is living with two or more chronic conditions at the same time. Currently, 1 out of 3 adult Americans have MCCs and for persons 65 and older 4 out of 5 Medicare Beneficiaries and a growing number of children have MCCs. This is the largest patient population and users of healthcare resources accounting for 64% of all clinician visits, 70% of all inpatient stays, 83% of all prescriptions, 71% of all healthcare spending, and 93% of Medicare spending.
Palliative care is symptom management in persons with multiple chronic conditions. The focus is on quality of life and not death. Palliative care should be integrated into the routine management of symptomatic chronic conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease and others. The effective management of symptoms prevents disease exacerbation, reduces hospitalization, maintains physical functioning, and improves quality of life.
Palliative care is a team-based approach of healthcare professionals who provide interdisciplinary care to meet the complex care needs of patients living with limited-life threatening conditions.
Managing symptomatic multiple chronic conditions, prevents escalation and worsening of the underlying conditions. Proactive interventions to reduce the burden of symptoms such as pain, depression, insomnia, shortness of breath and others improves quality of life and promotes the ability to engage in meaningful and important activities.
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Clinical practice is ever changing, especially related to medication safety and the prevention of adverse events. Are you using the latest evidence and best practices to protect your patients as well as your nursing practice? Learn about nurse accountability in today’s interdisciplinary, teamwork-based care systems. Panelists will also discuss risk, liability, and culture of safety strategies that focus on error prevention.
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This virtual resource center provides healthcare professionals, patients and policy makers with current updates on policy and practice for patients living with more than two chronic conditions – and associated symptoms.
The Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid among other state and federal agencies have recognized the need for effective, safe, comprehensive care for this escalating patient population.
The Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center provides FREE resources to educate, update and promote best practices that ensure optimal patient-centered outcomes.
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