This session will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting the care of patients with heart failure in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). It is intended to provide attendees with expert insight into improving quality of care provided to this complex subset of patients. The speakers will review the clinical factors contributing to poor outcomes among these patients, provide insight into optimizing the medical management, and developing algorithms of care for these patients within their goals of care and expected discharge status, and discuss the indications, importance, and emerging use of palliative care and hospice consultation to patients with advanced/end stage heart failure.
Describe the SNF patient with CVD as a distinct high-risk patient with significantly increased morbidity, mortality, and risk for hospital readmission, and the importance of providing high quality care to these patients in the current regulatory environment.
Discuss principles of cardiovascular disease management within the context of multimorbidity and goal directed patient care in the skilled nursing facility setting.
Explain the need and methods for developing algorithms of care for complex heart failure patients in the SNF setting to improve patient outcomes, quality, and value of care.
Discuss the importance of utilizing palliative care in patients with advanced heart failure in the SNF setting.
Review the principles guiding patient selection for palliative care consultation, and medical management for refractory symptoms related to cardiovascular disease.