Maximum value is gained when quality improves at the same time spending is reduced, when care is delivered in a manner that addresses and averts crises, reducing preventable spending.

Palliative care, or serious illness care, is specialized care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. It is appropriate at any age, at any stage of a serious illness, and should be provided along with curative treatment. Purchasers can get greater value out of their health care strategies if they integrate palliative care.

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