Posted Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hospices are expanding their advance care planning services as they participation grows in value-based payment programs.  Advance care planning significantly impacts the patient’s end of life experience, but these conversations far too often not discussed because they are too hard to have.

“Advance care planning is really the off-ramp, entry point or gateway into hospice,” Ryan Van Wert, M.D., president, and CEO of Vynca, told Hospice News. “If hospices are looking to engage the greatest number of patients at the appropriate time to benefit from their services, then advance care planning is a primary way in which that goal can be achieved. Most people prefer to have less aggressive care as they move through serious illness, and that means providing the highest quality care by empowering an individual to receive the care that they want.”

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