Forum Session

Managing Advanced Illness: A Quality and Cost Challenge to Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurers
July 18, 2002


Karen Matherlee


This meeting explored the delivery of health services to persons with advanced, incurable, chronic illnesses that will ultimately lead to their deaths. It looked at traditional hospice, hospital-based palliative care, and home-based transition management approaches designed to relieve suffering and enhance quality of life and examined public and private insurance options to finance the provision of such care.


Thomas A. Ault, Principal, Health Policy Alternatives, Inc.; Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute and Center to Advance Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Brad Stuart, MD, Medical Director, Sutter VNA and Hospice

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 779.

Other related Forum products include Forum sessions on Medicare's hospice benefit (August 1, 2008), patient transitions (October 7, 2004), dual eligibles (October 22, 2003), Medicare and chronic conditions (March 26, 2003), and the medical home model (June 27, 2008 and October 28, 2008). The report of a site visit to New York and a paper on the health system and the aging population (Issue Brief No. 729, January 25, 1999) are also available.

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