In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule reimbursing physicians and other providers for discussing advanced care planning with patients and their families. However, studies show that nearly two-thirds of physicians feel inadequately trained to engage in end-of-life counseling. A new issue brief from National Quality Partners (NQP) helps healthcare providers better navigate these conversations through the lens of six key preferences of high-quality, person-centered advanced illness care.
NQP’s Advanced Illness Care Action Team—which includes more than 25 patient advocates, physicians, hospital systems, and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors—identified purpose and connection, physical comfort, emotional and psychological well-being, family and caregiver support, financial security, and peaceful death and dying as key preferences of individuals with advanced illness. By placing individuals at the center as the guiding North Star of all healthcare decisions, this initiative calls on the nation to transform advanced illness care and to engage patients, families, and caregivers as true partners in care planning.
Download the issue brief now to explore these key preferences in depth, along with snapshots of organizations that have embraced one or more of these preferences. Register for NQP’s March 15 webinar to delve into case studies demonstrating how physicians, nursing homes, and home health agencies can integrate these preferences into existing quality efforts.