New Study: Reducing patient depression & anxiety through more, better and earlier conversations

Adults diagnosed with a serious advancing illness may experience considerable stress, resulting not only from living with a serious illness but from the complexities of making personal and medical decisions. The Honoring Choices Partners, who routinely engage adults in care planning conversations, experience first-hand the power of conversations to ease stress, build trust, and help…

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Join Us for the Oscar-Nominated Screening of “End Game”

Join us for an exclusive conversation and screening of “End Game,” the Netflix documentary, on Monday March 18, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, 101 Huntington Avenue, 12th Floor, Prudential Center, Boston, MA.  This event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care and Honoring Choices Massachusetts, in collaboration with End Well Foundation.…

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7 New England States Working Together to Improve Access to Equitable Care

Honoring Choices has joined forces with the Age-Dementia Friendly and health care leaders across New England, to support more livable communities for healthy living, and improve access to health care information and equitable care. Thanks to a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Honoring Choices is bringing together key leaders in Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire…

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Who’s Your Agent? Multicultural, Multilingual Seniors “Get Started” with a Translated Health Care Proxy!

The Honoring Choices Health Care Planning Ambassadors start powerful health care planning discussions with consumers anywhere they live, work and gather. Our free Getting Started Tool Kit includes a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy, available in 10 languages, so adults can choose a trusted person as their Health Care Agent,  and complete a Health Care Proxy document…

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Conversations on the Rise: Weaving ACP Billing Codes Into Your Practice for Multiple Advantages

Since January 1, 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided reimbursement for clinicians to engage patients in advance care planning discussions with the goal of providing improved patient-and family-centered care for Medicare beneficiaries. The two reimbursement codes enable Medicare patients to make informed care decisions to improve healthy aging and to plan…

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Making Patient Portals a 2-Way Partnership

Patient Portals can be powerful tools that offer patients 24/7 secure access to view their medical information and manage their health care decisions from their computer or phones. However we found in a recent survey that not all portals are “created equal”. Patient Portals, provided by  physician’s offices, hospitals and health systems, offer their patients user-friendly sections…

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Raising Awareness About Sepsis: Train-the-Trainer Initiative

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.5 million people in the US get sepsis and more than 250,000 die from it each year. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. It is also a leading cause for hospital re-admissions. Healthcentric Advisors, an…

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“Getting Started” with the NEW Video Series!

The Getting Started Tool Kit has become a Massachusetts favorite to complete your Health Care Proxy, a Personal Directive (Living Will) and start a planning discussion with your family and care providers. Now you can listen & watch short videos to make your own health care plan. The Getting Started Tool Kit video series, like the…

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Workshops: Planning Ahead To Age Well with Dementia

We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Association, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner,  to cross-train our respective partners and staff, to start early and effective planning discussions to know and honor an individual’s care choices. Planning ahead and all through a progressive dementia diagnosis is essential to ensure we understand an adult’s values…

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Webinar: Every Care Provider Can Start a Palliative Care Discussion

“Every care provider can be a first responder to help patients diagnosed with a serious illness explore palliative care as an added layer of treatment and support,” says Elizabeth J.Collins, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. In this free recorded webinar, “Palliative Care: Aligning the Team Around the Patient”,  Dr. Collins provides a helpful framework…

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