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02/08/2018

Development and Certification of Decision Aids: Promoting Shared Decision-Making for Patients with Serious Illness

Join me at Harvard Law on April 18, 2018 for this important event: “The Development and Certification of Decision Aids: Promoting Shared Decision-Making for Patients with Serious Illness.” (Note: I will also be at the 50th anniversary of brain death conference at Harvard Medicine April 11 to 13.)


Decision aids can be highly-effective tools to promote shared decision making and support patients in becoming engaged participants in their healthcare.  Join us for the first-ever convening with leaders behind a Washington experiment in certifying decision aids, as state officials, health systems, and on-the-ground implementation experts share lessons learned and discuss policy recommendations for national or statewide approaches to decision aid certification.  


Program Overview


Person-centered care presents a unique opportunity to achieve the Quadruple Aim, especially during serious illness when people are the most vulnerable. Building on the work of NQF and others, it is now clear that healthcare purchasers (states, plans, care providers) committed to person-centered care should also be committed to shared decision-making.


A number of policy initiatives have sought to increase the use of decision aids as an effective way to further shared decision making and person-centered care. Washington is the first – and so far only – state to recognize and act on this opportunity by establishing a process to certify decision aids across the health continuum, including during serious illness when people are the most vulnerable. The program will examine the Washington experience and also explore policy barriers for replication of the Washington model at the state and national levels.


This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!


8:00 – 8:30am, Registration


8:30 – 9:30am, Theory and Knowledge Regarding Decision Aids – Speakers will present an overview of the state of the science.


Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, Professor and Senior Scientist, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice


Dominick Frosch, PhD, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute


Dawn Stacey, MScH, PhD, University of Ottawa


9:30 – 10:30am, The Washington State Experience
Panelists will discuss the use of legislation and policy to promote shared decision-making and utilization of decision aids.


Karen Merrikin, JD, Project Consultant, Washington State Health Care Authority


Ben Moulton, JD, MPH, Lecturer, Boston University School of Law


Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, Director, Health Law Institute and Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law


10:30 – 10:45am, Break


10:45 – 11:45am, The Creation of a Decision Aid Certification Process – Representatives from the Washington State Health Care Authority Patient Decision Aid Certification committee will discuss the development of a statewide decision aid certification program, experiences, challenges, and barriers.


Laura Pennington, Practice Transformation Manager, Washington State Health Care Authority


11:45am – 12:30pm, Shared Decision-Making Implementation: What Do We Know? – Panelists will address lessons learned from the field, including how one health system successfully implemented shared decision-making, changing the culture of their practice; the challenges they encountered along the way; and where they are today.


Matt Handley, MD, Senior Medical Director for Quality and Safety, Kaiser Permanente of Washington


Anthony L. Back, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington; Co-Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence; and Co-Founder, VitalTalk


12:30 – 1:30pm, Lunch and Networking


1:30 – 2:15pm, How Decision Aids Can Promote Person-Centered Care for Serious Illness – Panelists will introduce the Respecting Choices approach to the creation and utilization of encounter decision aids to promote shared decision-making.


Linda Briggs, MSN, MA, RN, Director of Program Development & Research, Respecting Choices, a division of C-TAC Innovations


Sandy Schellinger, MSN, RN, NP-C, Senior Faculty and Consultant, Respecting Choices, a division of C-TAC Innovations


2:15 – 3:30pm, Next Steps: Moving from Science and Policy to Practice – This panel discussion and interactive session will examine what is needed to move this work forward, including an exploration of the barriers and opportunities and specific roles of key partners to ensure successful implementation.


Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, Director, Health Law Institute and Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law


Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, Professor and Senior Scientist, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice


Christopher F. Koller, President, Milbank Memorial Fund


Facilitator: Karen Merrikin, JD, Project Consultant, Washington State Health Care Authority


3:30 – 4:30pm, Networking Reception

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