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Wayne County Advance Care Planning Collaborative

  

Wayne County Advance Care Planning Collaborative

What is the Collaborative?
The Wayne County Advance Care Planning Collaborative is a group of organizations that has come together to educate and empower the community about the importance of advance care planning.  The goal of the Collaborative is that everyone in the community has an advance care planning discussion and chooses a health care agent to make future medical decisions in the event that they are unable to speak for themselves. 
 
What is advance care planning?
Advance care planning is the process of planning for future medical care in case you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Advance care planning assists you in preparing for a sudden, unexpected illness form which you expect to recover, as well as the dying process and ultimately death.
 
 
Tools & Resources
Advance Care Planning Booklets, DVDs and Other Printed Materials
To order Advance Care Planning Booklets, DVDs, and other printed materials for yourself or for your employees, please complete an Order Form (http://goo.gl/H61TQ) and fax it to 585-453-6365.  If you don't have a fax, please email your order to the email address on the bottom of the form.  Booklets are available in English and Spanish.  Excellus BlueCross BlueShield prints and distributes these resources at no charge for our community. 
 
Videos
Videos sharing stories from real patients & families about the importance of advance care planning are available in the CompassionAndSupport.org Video Library under "Community Conversations for Compassionate Care (CCCC) Videos" and on the CompassionAndSupport YouTube Channel.  Use short videos to motivate yourself and your employees to have advance care planning discussions and choose a health care agent.  Videos are also available for download & saving in mp4 format.  If you need avi format, please contact Katie Orem (katie.orem@excellus.com).
 
2014 Employee Health Care Decisions Survey
In March and early April Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Wayne County, Blossom View, Lifetime Care & Excellus BlueCross BlueShield are surveying their employees on their readiness to address advance care planning and complete a health care proxy. We will be comparing employer data against regional & national metrics. If you’re interested in surveying your own employees, please contact Katie Orem (katie.orem@excellus.com). More information on the survey, including data previously collected by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, can be found on CompassionAndSupport.org under "Research & References."
 
Why is advance care planning (ACP) important for our community and important to employers?
Community Perspective
  • Approximately 70-80% of people will lose the ability to make decisions for themselves during their lifetimes.
  • Approximately 2.5 million annual US deaths
      • 75% are age 65 or over and are covered by the federal Medicare program
      • Medicare recipients will double as baby boomers age
        • 35 million in 2000; 69 million in 2030 (estimate)
  • Approximately 25-30% of Medicare spending occurs in the last year of life, most of it on hospital care
  • ACP improves quality and patient safety while reducing unwanted readmissions and costs.
 
Employer Perspective
  • Poor advance care planning is a cause of both absenteeism and distraction during the work day. 
    • Distraction has indirect costs as part of employees’ needs to provide caregiving during the work day.
    • Absenteeism has direct costs, including sick time, time off, reduced work hours and early retirement.
  • Choosing a health care agent helps ensure that your employees’ wishes for medical care are followed. These important conversations also provide peace of mind for your employees and their families. As an employer, you can encourage your employees to start the conversation in their homes.
  • Employers have the opportunity to create culture change. They can help employees become more comfortable openly addressing a variety of their caregiving needs.
 
Collaborative Members:
Blossom View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Lifetime Care
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
Wayne County, Department of Public Health
Wayne County Rural Health Network