Posted on: January 26, 2016
Written by: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Innovative, health system-based model for advance care planning implemented in select departments at UCLA Health
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Public Health recognizes the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and UCLA Health for an innovative advance care planning program. The program was among 23 selected from throughout the state as advancing the goals of California’s “Let’s Get Healthy” initiative, which seeks to make California the nation’s healthiest state by 2022.
Working in partnership, UCLA Health and the CCCC Consulting Service developed and are testing a comprehensive advance care planning model to ensure a person’s healthcare preferences are recorded, retrieved and honored during critical times in a patient’s care. This advance care planning model — the Advance Care Planning Initiative (ACPI) – is currently being implemented in select departments within UCLA Health and is intended to be a replicable model for health system-based advance care planning throughout California.
“This is a huge honor for us and for everyone who thinks advance care planning should be integrated across the continuum of care,” said Judy Thomas, JD, CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. “Through our partnership with UCLA Health, we are fostering the culture, skills and infrastructure to support and guide effective and compassionate personalized communication and documentation of health care goals.”
“We invited communities across the state to submit innovative ideas and projects that further the triple aim of better health, better care and lower cost in California,” said Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “This is a great opportunity to recognize and learn from the work going on at a local level to meet the goals of our Let’s Get Healthy California initiative.”
Two other programs were recognized as innovators in the “end of life” category include: University of California, San Francisco’s “How to Make Advance Care Planning Easier,” and UCSF and the University of California Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy’s “Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors.”
The Let’s Get Healthy California program was created in 2012, when Gov. Jerry Brown created a task force through executive order B-19-12. More information on the innovation challenge, conference and selected programs can be found here.
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is an interdisciplinary collaborative of thought-leaders from healthcare systems and organizations, government agencies, consumer organizations, and individuals working together to promote high-quality, compassionate palliative and end-of-life care for all Californians. Since 1998, CCCC has been working to transform healthcare so that medical care is aligned with individual patient preferences—that people get the care they need and no less, and the care they want and no more. Through advocacy, education, and resource development, CCCC is working to ensure that organizations and communities have the information, knowledge and tools to increase access to advance care planning and palliative care.