Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), the Wisconsin Medical Society’s initiative to promote advance care planning, is expanding its reach this month as nine additional health care organizations launch pilots across Wisconsin. ADORAY Home Health and Hospice, Baldwin; Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, Madison; Aspirus, Wausau; Baldwin Area Medical Center, Baldwin; Froedtert, Milwaukee; Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire; St. Croix Regional Medical Center, St. Croix; ThedaCare, Appleton; and UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center, Watertown, are now offering facilitated advance care planning conversations to patients at 14 different sites.
Since the first group of pilots launched in March 2013, more than 1000 patients have discussed their future medical decisions, including end-of-life preferences, with facilitators trained through CHW. The conversations help patients understand their health care treatment options, appoint a health care agent, clarify goals, weigh options about the kind of care and treatment they would want or not want, and communicate their wishes to family, friends, clergy, physicians and others. These early conversations can have an extraordinary effect on the care patients receive if they become unable to speak for themselves and families are faced with difficult decisions.
First-round participants—who are now expanding their programs—are Community Care, Inc., Milwaukee; Fort HealthCare in collaboration with Rainbow HospiceCare and the ADRC of Jefferson County, Fort Atkinson; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Madison; Meriter Health Services, Madison; ProHealth Care, Waukesha; and UW Health, Madison.
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