Physician Offices/Clinics

Advance Care Planning Services

Care Paths develops a custom plan to integrate seamlessly into your clinic. Our clinicians have pre-set schedules that we are available for your patients and their families. The Care Coordinator dedicates time to have an in-depth conversation with the patient. They discuss current advance directives, identify what's important to the patient, and then educate the patient on how to best communicate those wishes to the family and the healthcare team. Our Care Coordinator is able to provide and assist the patient in completing any forms such as healthcare power of attorney, living will, DNR, POLST, etc. 

Care Paths contacts patients directly, schedules the patient visits, and communicates with the healthcare team. Our goal be a trusted and valued partner within the clinic. 

Care Paths provides the solution to overcome the barriers to discussions on end-of-life care 

Benefits of using Care Paths:
  • A trusted partner experienced in having difficult conversations with patients and families.

  • An additional service available to your patients.

  • Increased communication between the patient and care team.

  • Improved quality outcomes

  • Increased billable visits

  • Open communication between the patient and their family/health care agent. 

  • Updated plan of care

  • Ease of scheduling visits for advance care planning

  • Complete documentation of visit and patient's wishes in patient chart

  • A partner who is experienced with forms and components of advance directives as well as a resource to patients about end-of-life care options.

Myths About Advance Directives

Fear of patient/family reaction

Patients often report that they feel they have to wait for their healthcare provider to bring up the topic. Studies show that patient satisfaction also increases after discussions around advance directives take place. 

"I have so many patients to see each day and this isn't a conversation that can be rushed"

Care Paths' services is dedicated to taking time with your patients so you can maximize patient visits. 

"I don't have any patients who are nearing end-of-life"

Life can change in an instant. Accidents or unforeseen changes in a person's health can happen tomorrow. Discussions about advance directives should happen not as a patient is nearing end-of-life, but years even decades before it's needed. These discussions should be a normal part of aging.

"Patients and families want to wait until they are in the hospital before having these conversations"

Making decisions about end-of-life care is more difficult when the patient/family are in a health crisis. Hospital staff report that it's extremely difficult to make clear and informed decisions when a patient and family are in the hospital setting. 

Our mission is to break down the barriers around end-of-life care planning and to promote these discussions as a normal part of aging.