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Webinar: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Advance Care Planning

There are many factors that can prevent individuals from examining, expressing and documenting their wishes when faced with advanced illness. These include emotional, social and cultural barriers as well as industry, regional and regulatory differences, all of which can make it more difficult for people with advanced illness to receive the care they prefer in the setting that is right for them as their health changes over time. Join us in this virtual panel as experts from Vital Decisions, Discern Health and HopeHealth discuss the latest research on best practices and regional variation, strategies for addressing the barriers to communicating and documenting care wishes, and associated delivery of care.

Working with health plans, Vital Decisions guides individuals to think through what’s most important to them and ensures that the care received aligns with their values and preferences. Discern Health is a consulting firm focused on quality-based payment and delivery models that has done extensive research on serious illness and end of life care. HopeHealth is a leading provider of hospice, palliative and home care in Rhode Island.


• Jane Pederson, MD, MS, Chief Medical Quality Officer, Stratis Health (Moderator)
• Theresa Schmidt, Director, Discern Health
• Diana Franchitto, President and CEO, HopeHealth
• Allan Zuckoff, PhD, Vice President of Clinical Program Development, Vital Decisions

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