What is the PEACE Project?
Experience has taught us that quality of care provided at the end of life cannot be assessed in the same was as care provided in other settings. First, treatment goals for this population are focused on matching care to the patients’ expressed needs and preferences. Second, the focus of the care includes family and caregivers to an extent not seen in other care settings.
In 2008 we completed a study funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop quality measures for hospice and palliative care. As part of our work, we developed a package of instruments to help hospices assess quality of care and target areas for improvement. These materials are referenced in the Hospice Conditions of Participation.
The project resulted in several products that hospice and palliative care providers can begin using now. These include:
- Recommended assessment instruments for end-of-life care.
- Recommended quality measures and tools to collect quality measures data.
- Organizational readiness screen to help hospice providers assess their processes related to quality improvement.
You can find these materials and others on the Resources page.
For more detailed information about the PEACE Project, please view the Project Summary.