CCA joins MA health organizations to support planning for serious illness and end-of-life
May 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
Along with healthcare organizations across the state, Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) has joined the newly formed Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, a group committed to “ensuring that health care for everyone in the Commonwealth reflects their goals, values and preferences.”
As a member of the Coalition, CCA was asked to provide a pledge concerning serious illness and end-of-life planning. Our pledge reflects our long-standing commitment to respecting and honoring the wishes of our members:
Commonwealth Care Alliance embraces the importance of shared decision making and our absolute responsibility to assure that patient and family decisions around serious and end of life care are enabled, realized and supported. To this end, Commonwealth Care Alliance pledges to:
- Develop individualized care plans with all of our members that incorporate and recognize their needs for medical, behavioral health, and social supports that are focused on the individual member and their family at all points along the trajectory of their care pathway. We will stay engaged throughout our members’ lives, supporting them fully, respectfully, and in the place of their choice, with such supports embedded through every aspect of our model of care.
- In cases of serious and end of life illness, work tirelessly to determine the place, context, and level of care that members and their families desire and to both deliver and partner with other health care and social support providers to guarantee that member autonomy and voice is foremost at all times. We will honor our members’ choices and keep the promises we have made.
Building on our commitment
On joining the group, Dr. John Loughnane, Medical Director of CCA’s Life Choices Palliative Care Program, said “We strongly support and applaud the attention brought by the Coalition to this critically important issue that will touch literally each and every one of us in our lives. And we look forward to continuing to embody our commitment to our members and communities, every day.” In addition, Dr. Loughnane says, “CCA’s care model has long been grounded in engaging with our patients and members about their healthcare and personal goals. We live and breathe a commitment to shared discussions of what is important to our members and their families. These conversations are always important, but even more crucial when facing serious illness and end of life. Through our primary care model and innovative programs such as Life Choices and Acute Community Care (our community paramedicine program) we make these conversations a reality and strive to keep the promises we make as we care for our patients and families.”
This week, representatives from CCA took part in Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care summit focused on planning for serious illness and end-of-life. Speakers at the event included bestselling author and co-chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care Dr. Atul Gwande and Governor Charlie Baker.