Top 5 Things to Know About CIVHC’s Palliative Care Team

1. The team has two members with three advanced degrees between them:

  • Director of Health Care Programs - Kristin Paulson, Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota
  • Health Care Programs Manager - Miranda Meadow, Master of Public Health from the University of Colorado

2. Both women are passionate about the value of palliative care and believe that all patients should have access to treatment that alleviates suffering.

3. The team is full of world travelers; Miranda has visited Cambodia, Peru, and Panama, while Kristin has spent time in Nepal and India.

4. Advocacy is a large part of their lives as both women are active in numerous committees, boards, and workgroups across the state.

5. Kristin wanted to be a judge when she grew up and Miranda had dreams of being a ballerina.

Top 5 Ways CIVHC is Engaging in Palliative Care Work in Colorado

1. In order to better understand the cost of care at the end of life, CIVHC is conducting a study investigating how interventions like palliative and hospice care impact costs.

2. Every month, stakeholders from across the state meet to discuss challenges and possible solutions surrounding reimbursement for palliative care.

3. CIVHC has a national presence in palliative care, and recently was asked to present at both the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the National Academy for State Health Policy about the work happening in Colorado.

4. The Advance Care Planning Workgroup meets once a month to talk about how to get patients and providers to begin discussing concerns about end of life care.

5. CIVHC is partnering with the University of Colorado to support integration of palliative care into medical research.

Top 5 Myths about Palliative Care

1. Myth: It is only for dying people. Truth: Palliative care is not just for end of life. Patients with serious conditions can benefit from palliative care and symptom management.

2. Myth: Patients can't receive curative treatment while receiving palliative care. Truth: Palliative care is about relieving day-to-day suffering, not about ending treatment.

3. Myth: Only cancer patients get palliative care. Truth: Palliative care is not limited to one disease state. Any patient with a serious condition can receive treatment.

4. Myth: All patients have access to palliative care. Truth: Not all insurance companies reimburse providers for palliative care and even if a patient can self-pay for treatment, not every provider offers this type of service.

5. Myth: Palliative care is not covered by health plans. Truth: Each insurance company and health plan is different and the offerings vary. One company may cover palliative care while another may not; patients need to talk about options with both their providers and insurance companies.

For more information about CIVHC’s Reimbursement or Advance Care Planning workgroups, email Miranda at