Home Based Palliative Care: Old and New Opportunities in the Rapidly Changing Medical Space

This presentation will review Hospice Buffalo’s 13 year experience with its home based Palliative Care program, Home Connections, in partnership with three local commercial insurance providers. The clinical and financial value of the program was demonstrated to the payers early and drove rapid program expansion.  Home Connections now serves adult and pediatric patients, and recently expanded to include new partnerships with additional payers, ACOs, large practice groups and hospital systems.  This session will review program structure, lessons learned, opportunities for marketing and outreach as well as new opportunities fueled by the pandemic, including telemedicine.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Discuss the clinical and financial value of a CBPC program
  • Identify opportunities for marketing and expanding a CBPC program

CE/CME Credit: 

Nurse, Physician, Non-Physician Healthcare Professional

Christopher Kerr, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care

Christopher Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer for The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, New York. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Chris earned his MD as well as a PhD in Neurobiology. Outside of direct patient care, Chris’ focus is in the area of patient advocacy. His passion is palliative care and a belief that such care should be throughout the continuum of illness. Under Dr. Kerr’s medical leadership, Hospice Buffalo now serves over 1,000 adult and pediatric patients a day, more than half of whom receive services prior to hospice.

Dr. Kerr’s background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness. His research on patients end-of-life dreams and visions is the subject of his TEDx Buffalo Talk which has been viewed over 2.7 million times. It has been the subject of reports on The BBC, in The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Atlantic MonthlyScientific American Mind, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. It will also be featured in an upcoming Netflix production and a documentary film to be released in 2020It has also gathered international attention and Dr. Kerr’s was published in a recently released book (Death Is But A Dream) by Penguin Random House.



Home Based Palliative Care
07/22/2020 at 4:15 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
07/22/2020 at 4:15 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes

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