Cross-Industry Initiative will Provide Clinical Guidelines and Resources for Heart Patients and Families
Nathan Adelson Hospice has announced its participation in The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation’s (NPHI) cross-industry cardiac care initiative. Planned for release early this year, the program will develop and provide clinical protocols as well as patient and family education resources in an effort to reduce the number of heart health patients dying alone in hospitals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many advanced congestive heart failure patients often receive care in later stages of the disease, often too late to enhance quality of life, simply due to underutilized services proven to improve care quality. As heart disease remains a top cause of death in the United States, the NPHI protocols will be critical resources to those who prefer to receive care in the comforts of their home environment, particularly amid a pandemic when visitor policies, concerns about spread of the virus, and a desire to avoid overtaxing hospitals intensifies.
“We believe no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President & CEO Karen Rubel. “By participating in this program, we are able to equip both our inpatient and at-home care nurses with vital information and protocols to assist advanced care heart patients, and hopefully prevent frequent or lengthy hospital stays. This initiative is just one of the many benefits that Nathan Adelson Hospice offers to our community, patients and their loved ones.”
According to Cameron Muir, M.D., FAAHPM, Chief Innovation Officer for NPHI, the collaboration with the nation’s leading experts in cardiac care, palliative care and advanced illness, the guidelines being developed will provide clarity and access to critical insights, clinical protocols and resources that are urgently needed to address devastating gaps in care.
“Far too many Americans die alone in hospitals from heart failure because too often, clinicians and patients – particularly minority patients – are not made aware of how not-for-profit hospice and advanced illness care organizations can provide affordable quality care at home,” Muir said.
Together with national and community partners, NPHI will be working to better understand the needs of patients, family members and clinicians, and develop evidence-based tools that improve care quality, communication and costs.
About the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation
The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a collaborative of 70+ not-for profit, community-integrated, hospice and palliative care providers from across the United States who play a unique role as a crucial safety net for the sickest, most vulnerable patients in the communities
they serve. For more information, visit www.hospiceinnovations.org.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families every day. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is that no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.