Evaluation of a Home-Based, Nurse Practitioner–led Advanced Illness Care Program
In the United States, people with serious illness often experience gaps and discontinuity in care. Gaps are frequently exacerbated by limited mobility, need for social support, and challenges managing multiple comorbidities. The Advanced Illness Care (AIC) Program provides nurse practitioner–led, home-based care for people with serious or complex chronic illnesses that specifically targets palliative care needs and coordinates with patients’ primary care and specialty health care providers. We sought to investigate the effect of the AIC Program on hospital encounters [hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits], hospice conversion, and mortality.