Posted on: September 2, 2016
Written by: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Advance care planning program has potential to record health preferences of millions in Los Angeles County
For nearly two years the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s consulting service has been working closely with UCLA Health to develop, implement, and scale a novel advance care planning model. The program is designed as a system-wide process to routinely engage patients in considering future health situations to elicit patient preferences.
A major consideration for this project was to design an advance care planning process that will seamlessly integrate with CareConnect, UCLA’s Epic-based electronic health record (EHR) so that patient preferences are elicited, preserved and iteratively updated in a fashion that will inform all providers, and ensure that care decisions are incorporated in real time with patient’s goals and preferences.
“Through our partnership with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, we’re developing a system in which patients explore their health care goals and preferences, and these preferences guide medical care planning at the point of treatment,” said Neil Wenger, MD, MPH, director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center. “With help from the Coalition, UCLA is creating a culture, teaching skills, and building an infrastructure that supports compassionate, personalized communication and timely documentation of healthcare goals.”
The UCLA Health advance care planning model is currently deployed in select departments within the UCLA Health system and is intended to be a replicable model for health system-based advance care planning throughout California.
The UCLA Health System includes four hospitals and more than 100 community clinics, and provides cutting edge care based on biomedical research carried out by its doctors and scientists. UCLA’s more than 2,000 physicians care for 2.5 million outpatient visits annually and more than 100,000 inpatients.
The UCLA Health advance care planning model has the potential to impact millions of people throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
The partnership between Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and UCLA Health were recognized by the California Department of Public Health as advancing the goals of California’s “Let’s Get Healthy” initiative, which seeks to make California the nation’s healthiest state by 2022.
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