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Implementation Series:  Identifying Opportunities for Better Clinical Workflows

Implementation Series: Identifying Opportunities for Better Clinical Workflows

Published December 4, 2019

This four-part implementation series explores expected challenges healthcare organizations may encounter when adopting an improvement initiative. Each article provides tips for effective implementation based on our experience working with organizations to successfully execute an advance care planning initiative. The first installment took a closer look at the challenge of training clinicians to develop the skills […]


Implementation Series:  How to Improve Clinician Engagement through Training

Implementation Series: How to Improve Clinician Engagement through Training

Published November 6, 2019

This four-part implementation series explores expected challenges healthcare organizations may encounter when adopting an improvement initiative. Each article provides tips for effective implementation based on our experience working with organizations to successfully execute an advance care planning initiative. The first installment takes a closer look at the challenge of training clinicians to develop the skills […]


How to Communicate More Clearly with Your Patients & Members

How to Communicate More Clearly with Your Patients & Members

Published October 18, 2019

How often do patients really comprehend what they are being told when their doctor explains a medical condition or procedure? Not often enough. A recent study found that only 5% of cancer patients had an accurate understanding of their prognoses. Unfortunately, if a patient is not clear about their treatment options or does not understand […]


Four Simple Strategies for Improving Your Patients’ Health Literacy

Four Simple Strategies for Improving Your Patients’ Health Literacy

Published September 30, 2019

  The U.S. has a health literacy problem. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly nine out of ten adults lack the necessary skills to manage their health and prevent disease. Low health literacy has been linked to higher rates of chronic illnesses and preventable hospitalizations, poor self-care and less frequent […]


5 Tools to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your PDSA Cycles

5 Tools to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your PDSA Cycles

Published September 30, 2019

Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) is a quality improvement method that healthcare teams use to quickly and efficiently test new interventions. This concept involves structured, iterative tests of change. The simplicity of this experimental learning method means that it can be applied to many different situations. While PDSA is easy to follow, it is not meant to be […]


How the Latest Technologies Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

How the Latest Technologies Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

Published September 12, 2019

Health technologies have the power to transform the delivery of care. Advance care planning (ACP) is an important element within healthcare that helps ensure people receive the care they want at end of life. As many health systems work toward formalizing processes for ACP, technology can provide valuable tools for overcoming obstacles that create gaps in […]


5 Steps to Implementing a Shared Decision-Making Initiative

5 Steps to Implementing a Shared Decision-Making Initiative

Published August 30, 2019

The adoption of shared decision making (SDM) into routine practice is all too often elusive.  Even though SDM is the foundation for patient-centered care, its implementation can be a challenge as a result of numerous barriers.  Understanding SDM SDM happens when patients and their providers work together to determine the best path of medical treatment for each […]


10 Ways Video Decision Aids Support the Care of Seriously Ill Populations

10 Ways Video Decision Aids Support the Care of Seriously Ill Populations

Published August 6, 2019

Patients with advanced illness must make important care decisions throughout their health care journeys. As they approach end of life, these decisions become even more significant as patients consider treatment options, palliative care, life-support measures, and hospice care.  Too often, an end-of-life care conversation is the elephant in the clinician’s exam room. Even though patients […]


Bringing a Patient-Centered Approach to Kidney Disease Care to the Forefront:  Three Reasons Why it Matters

Bringing a Patient-Centered Approach to Kidney Disease Care to the Forefront: Three Reasons Why it Matters

Published July 19, 2019

Kidney disease care in America is long overdue for an overhaul. More than 37 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). Of those, more than 726,000 have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, and need dialysis treatment or an organ transplant to survive. Kidney disease ranks as the ninth leading cause of death in the […]


Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Clinicians

Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Clinicians

Published July 6, 2019

Over 2.8 million people die in the U.S. every year, and unfortunately, most do not get a say as to how and where their death transpires. With an aging population and medical advances that are extending lives, serious illness conversations are an essential component of quality healthcare delivery.   For many clinicians, broaching the topic of serious […]


Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Family Members, Friends and Caregivers

Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Family Members, Friends and Caregivers

Published June 17, 2019

Conversations about death and serious illness are not easy to have. Even though about 90% of people believe that talking about end-of-life decisions is important, only 27% report actually doing so. It’s true: it can be uncomfortable and awkward to bring these topics up with someone you care about.  However, finding a way to discuss what kind […]


6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Quality of a Patient Decision Aid

6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Quality of a Patient Decision Aid

Published June 11, 2019

As our healthcare system transitions from a one-sided medical decision-making approach to one that involves both patients and clinicians in shared decision-making, the need for tools to enhance this new model has grown. These patient decision aids can come in the form of educational pamphlets, interactive applications, healthcare directive templates, and videos.  On the upside, […]


A Conversation with ACP Decisions Co-Founder & CEO

A Conversation with ACP Decisions Co-Founder & CEO

Published May 13, 2019

As a pioneering organization established to empower patients and their families to engage in shared decision making with their healthcare providers, ACP Decisions is a leader in the creation and dissemination of video-based decision aids in the advance care planning space.  In the following Q&A, ACP Decisions Co-Founder & CEO Aretha Delight Davis, MD, JD shares her personal […]


Why Advance Care Planning is a Crucial Part of Population Health Strategy

Why Advance Care Planning is a Crucial Part of Population Health Strategy

Published April 23, 2019

Fueled by pressure to improve both clinical and financial outcomes, population health management has become a burgeoning field in healthcare.  Achieving the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare while controlling costs for defined groups of patients is an immense challenge.   Populations take many forms and can be defined by region, employee pool, disease […]


Advance Care Planning Guide Part 2:  List of Resources

Advance Care Planning Guide Part 2: List of Resources

Published April 16, 2019

  As you may (or may not) know, there are many online resources available to assist with advance care planning. We’ve put together a list of several links to resources related to advance care planning and related topics for health care professionals, as well as for patients and their caregivers. You can access our glossary […]


Advance Care Planning Guide Part 1:  Glossary of Terms

Advance Care Planning Guide Part 1: Glossary of Terms

Published March 26, 2019

Advance Care Planning 101 begins right here with a list of terms commonly associated with advance care planning (ACP). Stay tuned for Part 2, which will provide a comprehensive list of resources for advance care planning.  Advance Care Planning An ongoing communication process that involves clarifying and documenting an individual’s wishes, values, preferences and goals […]


Championing Advance Care Planning

Championing Advance Care Planning

Published March 18, 2019

Advance care planning doesn’t just happen.  It’s not a conversation most people want to have. They find it uncomfortable and awkward.  Yet, the advance care planning (ACP) process is critically important to ensuring people receive the care they want during a time they cannot speak for themselves. ACP promises a better quality of life when […]


12 Reasons Why Video is a Crucial Element of Shared Decision Making

12 Reasons Why Video is a Crucial Element of Shared Decision Making

Published February 28, 2019

Over the last decade, there has been a healthcare revolution. Driven by access to information via the internet and the adoption of digital devices, patients have transformed into consumers of healthcare, demanding more empowerment and autonomy. These changes have created an environment in which shared decision making (SDM) between patients and providers is a basic […]


How Nurses Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

How Nurses Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

Published November 27, 2018

Registered nurses are often at the forefront and the frontline when it comes to patient care. So naturally, they are in a unique position to champion and facilitate advance care planning (ACP). Part of the 2017 Palliative Nursing Summit, hosted by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), involved developing targeted initiatives to improve care […]


How Shared Decision Making Enhances Patient Safety for Serious Illness Care

How Shared Decision Making Enhances Patient Safety for Serious Illness Care

Published September 17, 2018

Studies estimate that anywhere from 250,000 to 440,000 people in the U.S. die every year due to preventable medical errors.  While very little research on patient safety has been done specifically for patients in palliative care, they are more vulnerable to errors and related adverse events. The end-of-life is a vulnerable time.  Multiple healthcare transitions, […]


The Kaiser Foundation Annual Report on Medicare and What it Means for Advance Care Planning

The Kaiser Foundation Annual Report on Medicare and What it Means for Advance Care Planning

Published August 9, 2018

Driven by the baby boomer generation, there has been a 36% increase in the number of Medicare beneficiaries over the last decade.  In 2007, there were 44 million enrolled for Medicare Services; today, there are almost 60 million.  This only represents a portion of baby boomers — an estimated 10,000 people turn 65 every day. […]


How Patient Decision Aids Help Overcome Common Barriers to  Shared Decision Making

How Patient Decision Aids Help Overcome Common Barriers to Shared Decision Making

Published June 18, 2018

Shared decision making (SDM) in healthcare requires active participation by both patients and providers as they share information and jointly make decisions based on the individual needs of patients. This sounds simpler than it often is in practice. It is not uncommon for the adoption of SDM in clinical settings to be slow due to […]


4 Best Practices for Effective Shared Decision Making

4 Best Practices for Effective Shared Decision Making

Published May 26, 2018

Most of us live in a world full of choices – ranging from the most mundane to complex, life-changing decisions.  Undoubtedly, healthcare decisions are among the most significant we may make at some point.  Often, when the time comes to make important medical decisions, many people are overwhelmed and unable to fully comprehend all their […]


Five Ways To Jump Start Your Advance Care Planning Initiative

Five Ways To Jump Start Your Advance Care Planning Initiative

Published May 15, 2018

Whether your healthcare organization has an advance care planning initiative in place or is still in the discussion phase, you may find the process has stalled and needs a jump-start. National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a perfect time to focus on and reinvigorate an advance care planning program. National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) National […]


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