Sponsored by: Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, the Cambia Health Foundation, and Cambia Health Solutions.

Palliative Care Quality Measurement Summit

Date: May 15, 2015  -- Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

At The Cambia Grove

The University of Washington’s Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence (Cambia PCCE) and the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR) will convene a regional summit on palliative care quality measurement on May 15, 2015.  The purpose of the summit will be to engage stakeholders in the community (patients, clinicians, providers, patient advocacy groups, private and public payers, and researchers) to:

  • Identify high-priority quality indicators for palliative care
  • Develop opportunities for ongoing knowledge sharing and collaboration
  • Discuss the current state of palliative care quality measurements in the NW region
  • Review preliminary results of metrics for palliative care
  • Identify opportunities to improve palliative care



AGENDA (downloadable)





HICOR is a research institute dedicated to reducing the human and economic burden of cancer for patients, families and society. We develop and apply innovative scientific methods in health economics, clinical and public health research, and data science to enhance value in cancer care and improve outcomes for patients.


HICOR’s Value in Cancer Care Consortium brings together providers, payers, patients and researchers committed to improving cancer care through timely reporting of value-driven, clinically relevant, actionable metrics, and deployment of high quality interventions designed to improve those metrics. In the area of palliative care, HICOR is partnering with Cambia Health Solutions to improve the use of palliative care and hospice services for cancer patients in Western Washington. The foundational step in this project is to generate metrics that characterize how palliative care services are delivered today, and use that information to design programs aimed at increasing the use of appropriate services for cancer patients.


Current Key Metrics:

  • Treatment at the end of life
    (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery)
  • Narcotic prescriptions at the end of life
  • Advanced Imaging at the end of life
  • % Serious patients who died in hospice or at home
  • Proportion of all deaths in ICU / in the hospital
  • Utilization of hospitals (ER, Inpatient, ICU) at the end of life



Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD



Director of Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR)

Full Member, Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Dr. Ramsey is a general internist and health economist. He is a Full Member in the Cancer Prevention Program, Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he directs Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, a multidisciplinary team devoted to clinical and economic evaluations of new and existing cancer prevention, screening and treatment technologies. In addition, Dr. Ramsey is a Professor in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and the Institute for Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington.


Trained in Medicine and economics, Dr. Ramsey’s research focuses on economic evaluations in cancer. He has published widely on patterns of care, costs, and cost-effectiveness of treatments for lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer.  His research portfolio and interests include: large scale SEER-Medicare/Cancer Registry data linkages, patient reported outcomes, economic modeling of health care interventions, cost-effectiveness analysis, quality of life assessment, patterns of care, health care utilization, economic burden of disease for patients and society, pragmatic trial design, early technology assessment, and stakeholder engagement.




The University of Washington (UW) Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence is developing and implementing palliative care quality metrics and a quality dashboard across UW Medicine’s four hospitals and outpatient clinic networks. The project’s goals are to choose a set of measures to systematically evaluate primary and specialty palliative care services in inpatient and outpatient settings, and to develop a template and users’ manual to document our process that will serve as resource for other healthcare systems. We are engaging with stakeholders from diverse healthcare systems to guide the development, implementation, and dissemination of this project.


Our overall purpose is to develop and implement palliative care quality metrics that can be used by UW Medicine and other healthcare systems to realize the benefits attributable to palliative care. Recent studies have shown benefits that include improved quality of life and reduced symptom burden for patients and their families. Cambia PCCE is focusing on both primary and specialty palliative care in order to promote an integrated healthcare systems approach to palliative care that will meet the needs of all patients with serious illness and their families.

J. Randall Curtis, MD MPH

Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence (Cambia PCCE)

Dr. Curtis is the A. Bruce Montgomery-American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and Section Head for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. He is also the Director of the new UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.  Dr. Curtis’s research focuses on improving palliative and end-of-life care for patients with critical illness and patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses as well as patients’ families.  He has an active research program with over 15 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health.  He has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed research articles and more than 100 editorials and chapters.  Dr. Curtis has been the recipient of several awards for his research and teaching including the Roger C. Bone Award for Advances End-of-life Care from the American College of Chest Physicians, the Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care.

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