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Palliative Care Success Stories in Santa Cruz

A Santa Cruz-based at-home care program has helped more than 350 patients

Blue Shield has been among the biggest advocates of palliative care, at-home care that aims to lower costs and provide better service to members. As Watsonville, Calif.'s Register-Pajaronian reports, "the program, which moved from a pilot in 2016 to an ongoing service provided by Hospice last year, features home visits by a care team that includes a physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain. The team provides pain and symptom management, psychosocial support, advance care planning, disease management education, spiritual counseling and other services for patients, families and caregivers." Read the full story here.