Advanced Care Planning (ACP)
What Is Advanced Care Planning?
Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is an opportunity to document health care choices in the event that you are not able to make decisions for yourself at some point. Documenting your choices now will help not only you, but your family, in the event that a difficult decision would need to be made.
Advanced Care Planning is a Medicare-covered benefit that is part of the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). Click here to learn more about the Annual Wellness Visit.
How It Works
The licensed Nurse Practitioner conducting your Annual Wellness Visit will discuss with you the medical, spiritual, legal and personal care you would like to receive if the time comes that you are unable to communicate these wishes yourself.
Topics covered include:
- The person I want to make health care decisions for me when I cannot make them for myself.
- My wish for the kind of medical treatment I want or do not want.
- My wish for how comfortable I want to be.
- My wish for how I want people to treat me.
- My wish for what I want my loved ones to know.
As part of the ACP, you will receive the Five Wishes book, which is legally binding in 42 states and the District of Columbia. In the eight states that require additional documentation (Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Utah), the Five Wishes booklet can be witnessed and kept with the states' required legal documents to become part of your legal advanced directive.
Why Life Line Community Healthcare?
Life Line Community Healthcare conducts thousands of Annual Wellness Visits yearly, helping people age 65+ develop comprehensive 5-10 year prevention plans designed to keep them healthy and independent for as long as possible. Included in the prevention plans are vaccination timetables and a list of Medicare-covered preventive screenings that can identify risk of chronic disease early.
We conduct the Annual Wellness Visit in communities all over the US, so you can make an appointment at a time and place that is convenient for you. Call today and discuss the Annual Wellness Visit with a Preventive Health Advisor.
FAQ about Advanced Care Planning (ACP)
Is Advanced Care Planning covered by Medicare?As part of the Annual Wellness Visit, advanced care planning is covered at 100% by those with traditional Medicare coverage (Part B), with no copay or deductible payment needed by the patient. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may have some financial responsibility-a copy or deductible, depending on your plan.
Can I just have the Five Wishes conversation with the Nurse Practitioner without the AWV?No, advanced care planning is only available as part of the Annual Wellness Visit.
Is the Five Wishes handbook a legally binding document?The Five Wishes book is legally binding in 42 states and the District of Columbia. In the eight states that require additional documentation (Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Utah), the Five Wishes booklet can be witnessed and kept with the states' required legal documents to become part of your legal advanced directive.
Who developed the Five Wishes handbook?The Five Wishes handbook was developed by the non-profit organization Aging With Dignity. It is the most widely used living will, with more than 30 million copies in circulation. More information about Aging With Dignity can be found at agingwithdignity.org.
I don't know the answers to all the questions in the Five Wishes handbook—what should I do?Many people report that the Five Wishes document helped them start the conversation in their families regarding end of life care. These discussions with your family (as well as your doctors) will take time, but your family will thank you for making your wishes clear to them.
Is this the same as a will?No. A standard will determines the handling of your assets, such as your property or home, at the time of death.Advance Care Planning is defining a living will, which will determine choices regarding treatment such as, tube feeding, artificial breathing support, blood transfusions, dialysis, etc.
Do I have to make these decisions today?No. Today is about discussing your options and providing you with educational material. You have the option to complete a form about Advance Care Planning, if you choose.But, it's not necessary.
What do I do with this information?You have several options. You could complete the form now. You could discuss this with your family, doctor or clergy. You could take the information to your attorney, or you could do nothing. The decision is yours, once you make your choices, it's important to inform your family of your wishes and keep your documents in a known, accessible location.
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