From Founder/Chief Executive, Sarah Jansen:
"I have had a different experience around advance directives than most individuals. I have had my advance directives completed since I was 20 years old. I was the wife of a U.S. Marine and the command required completion of these documents on a regular basis not only for the service member, but also for the spouse. I grew up seeing these conversations as a regular part of adult life and no different than reviewing your retirement or getting an eye exam.
In October of 2015, CMS announced that they would begin reimbursing physicians for providing advance care planning services. My job at the time was to educate the community about hospice and palliative care. I remember being so excited about the news. I thought, "wow, this is a game changer! This is going to solve all the reasons why people aren't getting referred to hospice until very end of life. Now everyone will talk to their doctor early on". As I began to talk with different providers that I worked with, I heard many reasons why reimbursement wasn't the key reason conversations weren't happening. During my career I worked with many individuals who's lives would have been greatly changed for the better had these discussions taken place early. I knew I had to do something. If everyone acknowledged that these conversations were important but most providers acknowledged they weren't happening, something had to change. I understood at that moment that if change was meant to be, it was up to me. So I met with some individuals who believed in the mission of Care Paths and in 2016, Care Paths began providing services to individuals. The rest, as you say, is history."