Advanced Illness Management

by Mike Hunter

Hospice of the West, a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, points to the importance of Advanced Illness Management for health plan members with serious illnesses, effectively improving care quality, addressing financial consequences, and coordinating access to care. To further advance satisfaction with care and health plan participation, AIM utilizes a unique Palliative Illness Management™ solution, powered by Turn-Key Health, to deliver a range of services that are highly valued, but may have been missing in traditional models of care: symptom management, nutritional counseling, health system navigation, coordination with physicians, access to care, spiritual support and more.

Armed with a greater understanding of their illness and prognosis, many individuals can opt against expensive, high tech or intensive treatments that may be unwanted and often result in hospitalizations.

“This advanced care planning reduces economic burdens by avoiding out-of-pocket co-pays for hospitalizations, re-admissions, ICU and ER visits,” says Dr. Ashish Sachdeva, associate physician with HOW.

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