Payer-Provider Partnerships and the Future of Palliative Care


Presented by Torrie Fields, MPH

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe recent changes in health care payment models and the new opportunities for palliative care program development.

  2. Understand the tools and skills needed to transition from patient management to population management such as risk stratification and care coordination across multiple provider entities.

  3. Gain increased appreciation for the importance of the interdisciplinary team in outpatient and home-based palliative care.

Torrie Fields, MPH                                                                                                                                                                              Senior Program Manager, Advanced Illness & Palliative Care, Blue Shield of California

Torrie leads the development and implementation of programs and processes at Blue Shield of California that work to improve the quality of life for individuals with serious illness and their families.

Torrie has led the development of highly successful palliative care initiatives including benefit design, case management, caregiver support, medical home development, and policy and engagement efforts. Prior to joining Blue Shield, Torrie worked as an applied health services researcher in a variety of settings, including health plans, health delivery systems, local and federal health departments, and in university research laboratories. She has extensive experience in health policy development and implementation. In addition to her work with Blue Shield of California, Torrie acts as a consultant and curriculum developer for The Center to Advance Palliative Care and California State University Palliative Care Institute.

Torrie holds a Master’s in Public Health in health management and policy from the Oregon Master of Public Health Program, a Certificate in Gerontology from Portland Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication theory from University of California, San Diego.

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