Why Focus on Advance Care Planning?

A better health care system would help patients make the hard decisions early and ensure their wishes are fulfilled.  

Advance Care Planning (ACP) allows individuals to share and document their wishes surrounding serious illness, incapacitation, and end of life. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that ACP is only necessary for those with a life limiting condition. ACP is available to everyone, regardless of their condition.

Today, many individuals with advanced illness receive care that is fragmented, uncoordinated, or inadequate to meet their growing needs and personal wishes. Ensuring that care plans align with patient needs and wishes is the purpose of ACP.

CIVHC convenes a monthly Workgroup designed to help providers, clinicians, social workers, and others to increase awareness of ACP and share best practices across sectors.

Involvement in the ACP Workgroup includes:

  • Sharing community and organizational ACP work that highlights project experiences, lessons learned, and potential opportunities for best practice replication across the state.
  • Identifying and engaging key stakeholders and organizations not currently active in ACP, disseminating shared objectives and enabling education.
  • Partnering with the Reimbursement and Policy Workgroup and the Provider Training and Skill Building Workgroup to optimize the goals of each.

CIVHC’s ACP Workgroup meets the second Thursday of the month from 2:30-4 pm. Contact Kari Degerness at kdegerness@civhc.org for more information.