Hospice and Palliative Care: A Primer

presented by Rich Briggs

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Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are in their essence palliative, in that function and quality of life are maximized, rather than disease or disability cured. It is important to understand all aspects of the new hospice and palliative care niche to develop a successful and rewarding clinical practice. This course begins with the history and development of current methods, identification of philosophy, goals, organizational structure, and financial issues of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, the primary payer that mandates such care. The unique and essential roles of rehabilitative therapies are outlined, addressing practice patterns, team roles, equipment, and referral management. The course concludes with a review of cost neutral strategies for hospice therapy program development and optimal organizational success.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Rich Briggs, PT, MA

    Richard Briggs PT, MA has a clinical practice specializing in palliative care and hospice for the past 30 years. He has taught at the APTA National Conference and Combined Sections Meeting, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Clinical and Management Conferences, the California Hospice Foundation, and is Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Sacramento. His articles have been published in Rehabilitation Oncology, Home Health Section Quarterly, NHPCO Insights and Complementary Therapies Handbook, Geriatric Physical Therapy 3rd Edition, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. He has served as chair of the NHPCO Allied Therapist Section and founded the APTA Hospice and Palliative Care SIG.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. History and Development

    1. History and Development

    In the first chapter of this course, Rich Briggs introduces participants to the origin and definition of end of life care. He identifies the palliative aspects of rehabilitation therapies and discusses modern approaches to hospice and palliative care.

  2. Medicare Hospice Benefit

    2. Medicare Hospice Benefit

    Chapter 2 begins by reviewing hospice philosophy and goals. Rich Briggs identifies populations and diagnoses receiving end of life care. Participants will learn the hospice care reimbursement structure and be able to differentiate covered services and equipment. Interdisciplinary team roles and interactions are discussed.

  3. Roles of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

    3. Roles of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

    In Chapter 3, Rich Briggs identifies the evaluative role of therapy and consultative opportunities in care. Participants will learn the appropriate treatment orientation and use of practice patterns.

  4. Cost Neutral Strategies

    4. Cost Neutral Strategies

    Participants will learn to utilize complementary visit integration for efficient practice and how to implement reduced aide visitation with family training. Rich Briggs discusses how to identify fall and injury prevention measures.

  5. Program Development for Organizational Success

    5. Program Development for Organizational Success

    In the final chapter of this course, Rich Briggs identifies the barriers to utilization of therapy services. Participants will learn to discern internal and external marketing opportunities, and recognize the top ten reasons for hospice therapy. They will learn to provide improved patient/family quality of life, safety, and satisfaction.