Effective Advance Care Planning: Skill Building for Everyone
Advance care planning engages individuals in thinking about and planning for their goals in the context of a serious illness or life-limiting condition. It is a critical component of patient-centered care and helps by identifying and clarifying patient choices and, when the time comes, preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments. Medicare reimbursement for advance care planning conversations provides an impetus for providers to spend time exploring patient preferences and documenting goals of care.
“A lot of us do assume that we know what we need to know, and we can do it just fine, thank you very much.”
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California in partnership with The California State University Institute for Palliative Care developed the Effective Advance Care Planning: Skills Building for the Entire Organization to expand the workforce of skilled professionals trained to promote and facilitate advance care planning in all care settings. These online courses detail critical components of advance care planning in the context of the new Medicare reimbursement.
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- Why have ACP Conversations? What do Healthcare professionals need to know before starting ACP? Download Your FREE Advance Care Planning Guide Here.
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- Over 50% of physicians surveyed are uncomfortable having Advance Care Planning discussions. Download this FREE eBook and learn how to have more effective conversations with patients and families.
- How can physicians properly bill for having Advance Care Planning conversations? Learn how in this FREE ACP Guide for Healthcare Professionals.
- Confused about when and how to get reimbursed for ACP conversations? Download this FREE guide and learn more.
The courses are ideal for:
- Physicians, physician assistants, APRNs, nurses, social workers, geriatric care managers, medical technicians/assistants, discharge planners, chaplains, and billing specialists working in all care settings
- Anyone responsible for or interested in billing for advance care planning will benefit from this course, especially the Billing for Advance Care Planning Conversations course
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has developed this course in partnership with The California State University Institute for Palliative Care.
In this course, providers will learn the “soup-to-nuts” process for making advance care planning a routine part of any practice. The engaging curriculum explains why advance care planning is so important, and discusses how to evaluate your current advance care planning efforts; how to educate your staff in advance care planning; and how to fully implement a new program and procedures.
The first course, Effective Advance Care Planning Fundamentals, is designed for everyone who needs to understand and promote advance care planning. In this course you will learn the difference between the life-cycle approach and the values-based approach. You will gain an understanding of relevant legal terms and the differences between advance healthcare directives and POLST. You will learn to articulate the importance of advance care planning and describe trends in healthcare that make planning an urgent need in some settings.
This course will benefit healthcare providers responsible for facilitating advance care planning conversations. Participants will learn to identify skills needed to engage in effective advance care planning conversations. You will become knowledgeable of how to initiate and facilitate a productive discussion on sensitive issues.
Individuals and organizations will learn about the new codes and explore through case scenarios how to accurately bill Medicare for advance care planning discussions. Participants will be able to explain the circumstances under which Medicare will provide reimbursement for advance care planning. You will learn various ways to utilize and properly apply the new CPT codes.
Judy Thomas, JD, is the CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), and an attorney who has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years.
Before working with the CCCC, Judy was a lobbyist for LeadingAge of California and the California Hospital Association, where she focused on aging and long-term supports and services. She was formerly a partner in the Sacramento-based law firm of Hunter, Richey, Di Benedetto & Brewer, where she specialized in healthcare law. And before law school, Judy was a computer programmer for the nation’s first preferred provider organization.
Judy is the Chair of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force and Past President of the California Culture Change Coalition.
Lael C. Duncan, MD, is a licensed California physician with more than 15 years of clinical practice in internal medicine, infectious disease, and long term acute care for patients with multi-system disease. Before joining the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) in 2014 as Medical Director of Consulting Services, Lael served the organization for four years as a passionate volunteer.
After graduating with honors from the University of Washington Medical School in 1991, Lael did her residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Lael has practice experience with inpatient and outpatient care, hospital epidemiology and infection control, long term care, and rehabilitation following critical illness.
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, OSW-C, is the Clinical Director of Consulting Services with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a Research Consultant for the Psychosocial Oncology Specialization Program at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, and the founder of Collaborative Caring.
Shirley’s education, research and consultation efforts focus on quality-of-life, palliative care, leadership development and the creation of meaningful organizational change. Her work is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of culturally-congruent, person-centered and family-focused inter-professional care through the implementation of effective learning principles.
She has been the principal investigator on studies with over $3.3 million in external funding, including the ACE Project and ExCEL in Social Work. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and disseminated through more than 100 publications and 400 professional presentations.
Shirley serves on several editorial board, including the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and professional boards, including the National Association of Social Work. She is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.