Healthcare’s goal is to cure. However, Advance Care Planning (ACP), or end-of-life planning, can address the tension between care at all costs and ensuring an individual’s wishes are met when they can’t speak for themselves.
Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) can be instrumental in improving care quality for older adults. This yearly assessment captures information about a patient’s health and functioning to document disease and identify new or worsening risk factors.
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Several factors are driving the adoption of team-based care coordination. Workforce shortages exacerbated by the pandemic, a growing population of adults living longer with chronic disease, and the shift toward value-based care models top the list.
Unaddressed health-related social needs (HRSN) can make achieving care plan goals difficult.
Patient assessments are used in various settings by different medical professionals. They can be part of a proactive process (e.g., during an Annual Wellness Visit) or when some symptoms or signals indicate further assessment is necessary.
An individual’s culture and language play a large part in their health. Healthcare professionals see the impact that culturally sensitive approaches can have on building greater awareness, closing care gaps, and spurring health-driven patient action.
In a previous article, we looked at foundational ways that provider organizations can close care gaps: cyclical consistency, workflow integration, and alignment with care priorities.