Save the date for the July 18, 2017 HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference on Improving Patient Engagement and the Patient Experience of Care. The conference will span 8am-3pm PDT at California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Topics will include palliative care, advanced care planning tools and skills, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, and more. Continuing Education credits will be provided to RN’s, PCT’s and Social Workers. Registration information and a complete agenda will be available soon.
CMS points out that April 16, 2017 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, founded to raise awareness about the importance of Advance Care Planning, and that ACP services can be billed to Medicare. For more information see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2017-04-13-eNews.html#_Toc479751498 .
The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Home.aspx) has created a booklet called Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease. You can find a copy at http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Files/ACPforCKDbrochure3-2017.aspx .
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop November 3, 2016 in Los Angeles on Let’s Talk: Promoting & Engaging in Advance Care Planning. 6 CEUs are available. For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/community-based-advance-care-planning/ .
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 19-20, 2016 in Irvine CA on POLST: It Starts with a Conversation. POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – is to current treatment as Advance Directives are to future treatment. 10.5 CMEs and 11.5 CEUs are available. You may know POLST as Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Medical Orders on Scope of Treatment (MOST), Physician’s Orders on Scope of Treatment (POST) or Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP). While the workshop will work from California’s POLST form, most of the information will apply in any state. For details see http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4904bc4f7472f06a865fbafee&id=e6b24b0ed6&e=67e1ad4c31 .
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 13, 2016 in San Diego CA on California End of Life Option Act: Key Concepts and Critical Conversation Skills for Providers. 6 CEUs will be available. For details see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/end-of-life-option-act-conversation-training/ .
The Advance Care Planning Forum (APF) of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) will host a conference call August 16, 2016 for clinicians and advance care planning champions on Facilitating Culturally Congruent Conversations. The call will feature practical tips and tools for improving advance care planning with diverse and underserved populations, presented by Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD, LCSW and Bridget Sumser, MSW. The CCCC APF sponsors conference calls on the third Tuesday of each month from June to December. For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/get-involved/acp_forum/ .