Registration is now open for Facilitator Training to be held in Minneapolis on March 11 and in Duluth on April 5.  Training is open to healthcare professionals and community volunteers and individuals who are interested in learning how to help people through the Advance Care Planning process and completion of a healthcare directive.

Click here for details on the class, and to register.

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CMS Reimbursement for Advance Care Planning

Two Advance Care Planning-focused CPT codes (99497 and 99498) are listed on the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, allowing for additional time to discuss this important topic with patients.  Exactly how these codes will be used and reimbursed is still being determined by regional CMS claims processors but Honoring Choices is working on understanding the complexities of the process and has developed a summary sheet which answers many questions surrounding these codes.  We invite you to share your experiences with us as you process claims using these codes and we will compile a directory of tips and best practices over the first year of implementation.  Questions and comments welcome – 612-362-3703 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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"Advocating for change: the new role of the county medical society” feature published in Minnesota Physician (October 2015)

The needs of practicing physicians are changing, and so too is the role of county medical societies.  To learn how TCMS is switching gears to meet a new niche of member needs, click here.

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"Honoring Choices Reaches Statewide College Students"

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Somali Community Health Worker Fadumo Ali (back row right) with participating students

In a dialogue focused on “One perspective will not be enough”, 60 university and college students met with Honoring Choices on October 2 in a statewide forum at Northwestern Health Sciences University.  Students from St. Catherine University, University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Century College, and other centers of education explored multicultural perspectives of advance care planning with Honoring Choices staff Barbara Greene and Fadumo Ali, a Somali community health worker with Wellshare International.
Participants explored how changing demographics in Minnesota impact quality of health care and sensitivity in person-centered care.  Students also wrestled with how they can support inclusion and excellence in academia and the changing workforce.  Large and small group discussion on new community models for education and collaboration stimulated active discussion.  This student-centered forum was a unique opportunity for Honoring Choices to reach students, faculty and staff about the importance of ACP for all 18+ year-olds in Minnesota.  For more detail, click here.
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"Healthy Aging NorthEast Coalition Explores ACP Principles"

How do we improve the delivery of health care?  How do we support healthy aging?  These are mountainous questions that the Healthy Aging NorthEast group is investigating in the form of a community dialogue under the guidance of Milton (“Mickey”) Eder, PhD, Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health and Associate Director of Population and Community Engagement at the U of MN.
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Barbara Greene, Director of Community Engagement of Honoring Choices, spoke before 27 participants of this group on September 30 in an active dialogue on ACP community advances and barriers.  During a ninety-minute dialogue, the group discussed concerns around chronic disease management, engaging young persons in the conversation, reframing the dialogue to be about quality of living, and institutional barriers to the conversation.  Participants ranged from educators at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis to staff of Northeast Bank, a gerontologist from the U of MN Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, a doctoral student at the U of MN School of Public Health (Epidemiology), human service professionals from many community-based organizations and interested individuals from the community.

Funded by a national Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant to learn “what works best” within communities, Healthy Aging NorthEast brings together individuals, organizations, businesses, health officials, faith communities, and other interested stakeholders from the community.  One of their key goals is to engage the community through informed discussions that identify ways to promote healthy aging.

Honoring Choices Minnesota looks forward to additional opportunities of engaging this interactive group in an important dialogue on ACP and end-of-life care.  To learn more, click here.

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