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2019 WVNEC Symposium
May 8, 2019

 

The 32nd Annual WVNEC Symposium will once again be held at the lovely Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV.  Additional information about this program will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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WVNEC Web Course - Completing the POST Form.

 

Advance care planning refers to a process of conversation between the physician (or non-physician professional) and the patient, preferably with the patient’s trusted family member or friend, about the patient’s wishes for future medical treatment. For patients who are seriously ill with a life-limiting illness, use of the POST form has been found to better direct end-of- life care consistent with patients’ wishes compared to advance directives. This program will identify the advantages of POST forms for seriously ill patients, present a step-by- step approach to completing a POST form, and describe how to bill for advance care planning including POST form completion. This program will include 1) a video demonstrating how to conduct a POST form conversation, 2) a checklist to assist with completion of sections A through C of the POST form, 3) sample documentation of advance care planning for the electronic health record, and 4) instructions on how to bill the advance care planning codes.

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WVNEC Web Course - Advance Care Planning: Why, What and How.

Advance care planning refers to a process of conversation between the physician (or other advance practice provider APP) and the patient, preferably with the patient’s trusted family member or friend, about the patient’s wishes for future medical treatment. This program will provide 1) a sequence of steps for physicians and APPs to create an advance care plan, 2) video demonstrations of advance care planning conversations with patients in good health and those with advanced illness, and 3) information on how to bill for Medicare patients for advance care planning discussions.

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Issues at the End of Life:  Revisiting the Tools in Our Advance Care Planning Toolbox

October 16, 2018

Course Description: The importance of advance care planning (ACP) as part of comprehensive patient care has been recognized since 1990 when the U.S. Congress passed the Patient Self-Determination Act. Initially ACP was conceived as a way to assist patients to complete advance directives. Over time ACP has been understood as a process of communication that supports adults at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences for future medical care. Researchers in ACP have identified three distinct phases: 1) eliciting patient’s values, preferences, and goals for medical treatment including whom patients would want as their legal agent in the event they could no longer make decisions; 2) documentation of the patient’s wishes in legal documents such as advance directives and medical orders [Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Physicians Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST)]; and 3) storage of the patient’s directives and/or orders in a “single source of truth” hospital electronic medical record (EMR) and/or statewide registry such as the West Virginia eDirective Registry. The goal for the EMR and registry is that the patient’s documents can be reliably and readily retrieved when the patient accesses the healthcare system so that providers can treat patients according to their wishes even in a medical emergency. In the last decade, there have been numerous studies of the quality of advance directives and POST programs. This webinar will provide the outcomes of this research to attendees and prepare them to facilitate ACP discussions, complete advance directives and medical orders as appropriate, and interpret these legal documents in the course of patient care.

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For more information on these programs, call Linda McMillen toll free at 1-304-293-7618.