Advance care planning is one of the most pressing issues of 21st century medicine, with studies showing 80 percent of Americans would prefer to die at home but only 20 percent achieve that wish.
But as one critical and palliative care specialist recently wrote in The New York Times: “By the time patients are approaching the end, they are often too weak or disabled to express their preferences, if those preferences were ever considered at all.”
Honoring Choices ® Virginia – an initiative of the Richmond Academy of Medicine – is working hard to improve this situation. We are now making training available to community providers, with plenty of ways to get involved! And Medicare now covers advance care planning for beneficiaries, a great way to integrate ACP into your practice workflow.
1. Are you interested in building your team’s skill in having quality, person-centered advance care planning conversations? If so, click below to view the registration form for one of our upcoming facilitator trainings:
Friday, March 31st | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Facilitator Training Registration
Friday, June 1st | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Facilitator Training Registration
RAM members (or staff of RAM members) who register by March 10 will receive complimentary CEUs, a savings of $30.
2. Is your practice affiliated with one of our founding partners – Bon Secours, HCA Virginia or VCU Health? If so, you may be eligible to become an Honoring Choices site through our health system implementation.
3. Would your practice or organization be interested in joining the 37 clinical teams that are part of our collaborative? We have participation options available for organizations of all sizes.
4. Are you a safety net provider who serves older adults? We recently received grant funding to support facilitator training for those serving vulnerable populations.
Interested in learning more? Please contact Robin Clair Cummings, director of Honoring Choices Virginia, for additional information – 804.622.8141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.