Go Wish is a simple card game created by the Coda Alliance to help people identify their end-of-life priorities. Players sort cards with goals like "To be able to help others", "To be free from pain", and "Not being connected to machines" into high and low priority categories. Playing Go Wish with loved ones can clarify what you would like to occur if you are confronted by a terminal condition, and bring some order to a life phase which can be overwhelming.
The Clinical Frailty Scale can help you decide when it may be time to start considering end of life measures.
Ventura County doctors pioneer Medcordance,
a groundbreaking electronic POLSTRegistry
Advance care planning and end-of-life care are hot topics showing up in publications such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, and numerous thought provoking blogs and podcasts. Check out the links below to learn more.
Quality Indicators for Older Adults: Preventing Unintended Harms
The End of Life Options Act (EoLOA) allows California residents expected to die within six months to request life-ending medication. The EoLOA is currently being legally contested, and may be revoked. However, the EoLOA will remain legal during court proceedings. For more information about the EoLOA's legal status, visit Compassion & Choices.
Compassion & Choices is an non-profit organization which helps people plan their dying process to be as dignified and pain-free as possible.
End of Life Options Act may be revoked, but
will remain legal while proceedings are underway
Media & Tools
End Game is a powerful new documentary which follows two patients - one who has chosen hospice care and one who has chosen hospital care - through their end-of-life journies. End Game was an official selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The Medcordance is beginning a micro-launch at select healthcare institutions in Ventura County. Created by a team of Ventura County physicians led by Carlo Reyes, Medcordance will be the first registry of its kind certified by Medicare for QCDR reporting under MACRA/MIPS. ePOLST forms uploaded to the registry will be viewable in all participating medical centers, ensuring that patient wishes are communicated quickly between facilities. Updates about this groundbreaking local program will be posted here.