By Guy Bolton
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 20, 2012
The Wisconsin Medical Society is launching a statewide initiative to make advance care planning – including the sensitive and often difficult conversations about end-of-life care – a standard part of patient care.
The initiative – Honoring Choices Wisconsin – is modeled after a communitywide initiative in La Crosse that has drawn national attention as well as a similar initiative by the Twin Cities Medical Society in Minnesota.
The goal is for the state’s health systems eventually to have people on staff trained to help patients understand and document the care they would want if they could not make decisions themselves.
“We know the tragedy of not having these conversations,” said Tim Bartholow, chief medical officer of the Wisconsin Medical Society. More