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Baystate Health’s Patient Portal offers a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive!

Baystate Health, an Honoring Choices Community Partner, and its Advance Care Planning team are leading the way to provide all patients with easy access to health care planning documents to direct their health care choices and receive quality care. Through my Baystate Health Patient Portal, patients can download and complete a free Honoring Choices Health…

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300 Ambassadors attend Fall 2019 Workshops Statewide!

Thank you to the Honoring Choices Partners and Regional Champions for hosting Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshops in 6 regions of the state. The Ambassador Workshops enhance the knowledge and skills of care providers, community professionals, nursing and medical students, and faith based and lay leaders to engage adults in care planning discussions and complete…

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A Gamechanger for Living Well with Serious Illness

We are at an exciting crossroads for improving the way we help adults live well with serious illness. Since Massachusetts joined the National POLST Paradigm in 2017, the MA MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Advisory Committee has been working diligently to bring our serious illness care and MOLST process into compliance with the national…

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Greater Lynn Senior Services adds Russian Personal Directive

Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS), an Honoring Choices Community Partner, helps seniors and individuals living with disabilities connect to needed care on the North Shore, including Russian speaking adults and families.  GLSS staff were already using the Honoring Choices Russian Health Care Proxy to help adults choose a Health Care Agent, but needed its “sister…

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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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6 New England State Collective to Improve Access to Equitable Care

Honoring Choices has joined forces with the Age Friendly, 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),…

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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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