Advance directives

Innovations

Legislatively Mandated, Permanent Council Serves as Effective Catalyst for Sustained Progress on End-of-Life Policy Issues in Maryland 08/12/13

Authorized as an independent, permanent government entity by the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life takes responsibility on an...

Care Coordinators Engage in Culturally Sensitive Discussions About Advance Directives With Seniors, Increasing Completion Rates and Reducing Disparities Between African Americans and Whites 07/11/13

As part of an organization-wide initiative to reduce disparities, HealthPartners (an integrated health care financing and delivery system based in Minneapolis) employs a culturally sensitive,...

System-Integrated Program Coordinates Care for People With Advanced Illness, Leading to Greater Use of Hospice Services, Lower Utilization and Costs, and High Satisfaction 12/20/11

Sutter Health's Advanced Illness Management program helps Medicare patients with late-stage chronic illness and their families make person-centered care decisions at the end of life. The program,...

Intensivists Make Placement Decisions and Manage Critically Ill Patients Throughout Hospital, Leading to Lower Mortality and Better Management of Intensive Care Unit Capacity 06/18/11

As part of Montefiore Medical Center's “intensive care unit without walls,” critical care physicians (called intensivists) determine where critically ill patients can be most appropriately treated...

Transitional Care Program With Advance Care Planning for Frail Elders Reduces Emergency Department Visits and Readmissions 11/29/10

The High Risk Touch Team provides transitional care to frail elderly patients (including those with cognitive impairment) at high risk for complications, relapses, or accidents after they return...

QualityTools

Caring Connections: Brochures 11/04/13

Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved...

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Sample Forms 02/14/11

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders,...

Know Your Rights 12/17/07

This tool gives mental health patients information about their rights.

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