Palliative care teams help patients, reduce hospital costs

09/9/2008 | Reuters

Special palliative care teams, often made up of a physician, nurse and social worker, are helping the sickest patients and their families make informed medical decisions, which in turn helps hospitals hold down costs. Researchers say the new medical specialty could save the average community hospital $1.3 million per year by ensuring patients get the services they need without unnecessarily long ICU stays or unwanted medical tests.

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