Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Grant to Improve End-of-Life Care in South Carolina

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A generous grant from the Physicians Foundation to the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Foundation will strengthen the association’s initiative to help physicians work with patients in identifying, capturing and honoring their end-of-life care choices.

“The Physicians Foundation is pleased to fund and support the South Carolina Medical Association Physician Practice Innovations initiative,” said Alan Plummer, MD, Physicians Foundation vice president and chairman of the Grants Committee. “Advanced care planning is an important aspect of care for patients and their families, and it is our hope that this grant will help provide helpful information and resources to aid in this process.”

According to Initiative Director Dr. John Ropp, the project “will help South Carolina physicians further develop Advance Care Planning (ACP)  leadership skills designed to empower patients and their families to take a greater role in defining how they will be treated medically during serious illnesses.“

 “We are grateful to the Physicians Foundation for funding our project,” Ropp said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help our membership move forward in addressing a very critical issue.”

The Physicians Foundation grant of $475,100 will support a training partnership with  Respecting Choices©, an internationally recognized, evidence-based program developed by the Gundersen Health System, and with the S.C. Office of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs (RFA).  RFA will assist in a comprehensive evaluation to help document patient and family satisfaction with ACP and will assess the physician and patient education component that will be used. 

Grant activities will include educational outreach to physicians and their staff members, to allied medical and social service providers and to the general public.  There will be four pilot sites in family practice offices where a comprehensive intervention will test best practices and refine education and outreach strategies around the topic.

Dr. Ropp said ACP will be one of the key topics during the President’s Session at the 2016 SCMA Annual Meeting. For more information about the project please send inquiries topracticeinnovations@scmedical.org.