Advance Planning for Independence and Autonomy

Originally presented on February 15, 2018

David P. Hoffman, DPS, CCE
Director, Bureau of Community Integration and Alzheimer’s Disease
Division of Long Term Care
New York State Department of Health
Office of Health Insurance Programs

In spite of demonstrated benefit, the number of people utilizing advance planning continues to be limited. This contributes to patient stress, emergency department visits and hospitalizations that could otherwise be avoided, premature institutional placement, overuse of healthcare services, lack of respect for patient wishes, preventable caregiver stress and increased risk of multiple chronic conditions. This session will describe history, background, and available tools and resources to support preplanning of healthcare and life decisions. This webcast will cover clinical community linkages, tools for use in primary and specialty care, messaging for public health, emergency departments and hospital strategies, and values related to stress reduction and respect for persons needs and quality of life.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the history, background and available tools and resources to support preplanning of healthcare and life decisions.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast participants will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between advanced planning and advanced directives;
  • List three benefits of advanced planning; and
  • Describe two examples of initiatives to change the approach to advance planning.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department and community health workers, social workers and others that work with families and patients on advance planning.

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