5 U.S. hospitals get first advanced palliative care certifications

02/28/2012 | HealthLeaders Media

The Joint Commission awarded five U.S. hospitals the first advanced certifications for palliative care through a program an official said has "taken off faster" than any other commission certification initiative. Financing palliative care programs can be an issue for hospitals because there is no billing code for it, and programs face challenges because they do not generate revenue, there are misperceptions about palliative care and there are too few trained staff.

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