Advance Directives: Every Advance Care Plan Begins with a Conversation

Together with your team you have the opportunity to engage in advance care planning discussions with your patients, improve documentation of these conversations and increase the number of patients in your practice with advance directives on file. 

Watch this short video to learn more and then register to begin your quality improvement and patient-centered project.

You are entering this journey with a backpack full of resources and we’ll provide assistance along the trip.  This QI project includes a series of educational activities designed to help you and your team:

  • Four 10-minute podcasts, covering a wide range of topics:  advance planning/advance directives; medical interventions versus palliative care; conversations with families, interpreters and support groups; and the legal environment.
  • A monograph on integrating palliative care into primary care practice that includes sections on communicating with patients.
  • Tips for coding and billing for payment of advance care planning and advance directive conversations.
  • Information on POLST, and links to POLST forms in 12 languages, with special references to state-specific requirements.
  • Advance directive discussed guide, with links to forms used in each state.
  • Links to dozens of practice improvement tools, patient education materials, and reading recommendations.

Your journey begins with the first module; it will walk you through the quality improvement process in three phases.  Assess, Improve and Reflect

Assess:  This phase will start with learning about Quality Improvement.  Collecting baseline data will help you measure your current performance.  With this analysis, your team will choose a process to improve and create an aim statement to drive the improvement process.  Your team will identify specific changes for improvement through a process and cause analysis.  Using information from this analysis will guide the identification of specific change(s) or interventions you can test that will result in practice improvement. 

Improve: Continue on your quality improvement journey by putting your improvement strategy into action as you work through Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles.  Collecting data after each cycle to compare baseline and results from your improvement cycles will determine if the interventions were successful.

Reflect: Upon completion of two PDSA cycles, your team will reflect on changes implemented so you can sustain and spread your improvement efforts.

Earn Points for your board for meeting the MOC Part IV requirements for Performance in Practice. 

You and your team will receive CME/CE credit as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you have improved care for your patients.

You should complete this module in 4-6 months, but the pace of completion is up to you and your team.

Cost: $250 per learner.

$250 = A QI project, with increased payment potential, Part IV MOC credit, 30 CME/CE credits
$250 = Also equals, one dinner for three at a nice Chicago restaurant
$250 = Also equals, two balcony tickets to a play in Los Angeles
$250 = Also equals, two routine adult visits to a primary care physician, for common illness

Get started today!  Convene your team and enroll in this improvement project by clicking on the Login tab above.  After you register, you'll be re-directed to a web page containing password information.  If you are not re-directed, call IPMA at 608.231.9045 for assistance. 

For additional information, please contact or call 608.231.9045. 

Having difficulty enrolling your team?  Watch this video for instructions.