NASHVILLE, TN – Aspire Health is pleased to be highlighted in Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations by Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Prescription for the Future identifies Aspire Health as a standout medical organization that has achieved higher-quality, patient-focused, cost-effective care.  Aspire Health is one of nearly 20 example organizations from which Dr. Emanuel distills twelve transformational practices that could transform the entire healthcare sector.

“We are honored to be included among the innovative organizations profiled in Prescription for the Future,” said Brad Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Aspire Health.  “At Aspire, we are honored to have the chance to care for so many patients as they go through some of the most challenging times in their lives. We are grateful for the meaningful work we have the privilege of performing every day.”

Prescription for the Future looks at individual physician practices and organizations who are already successfully driving change, and the specific practices they have instituted. They are not the titans everyone seems to know and assume to be the “best”; instead, Emanuel has chosen a select group–from small physician offices to large multi-specialty group practices, accountable care organizations, and even for-profit companies–that are genuinely transforming care.  Emanuel finds the best models include focusing services on the high-cost chronically ill, streamlining processes of care, providing more intense outpatient services with standardized care practices, and using rigorous data collection to provide identifiable, comparative performance data.

Prescription for the Future shines a bright diagnostic light on the state of American healthcare and provides invaluable insights for physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and health policy experts hoping to propel into the future of American health care. The book gives tools to recognize the places that will deliver high-quality, effective care when we need it. By providing practical guidance, the case examples help for organizations beginning their transformational journey.

Most importantly, the transformational practices outlined in the book will assist patients and their families in choosing their own physicians and ensuring they receive high-quality, compassionate care.

About Aspire Health

Aspire Health is the nation’s leading community-based palliative care provider, currently operating in 22 states and 45 cities.  Aspire specializes in providing an extra layer of support to patients facing a serious illness through an ambitious palliative care program focused on caring for patients in their homes.  Aspire clinicians are experts in providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness; helping patients and caregivers navigate the healthcare system; guiding patients and caregivers through difficult and complex treatment choices; and providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Aspire is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional information on Aspire Health can be found at


Trisha Farmer 

for Aspire Health


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