The advance care planning (ACP) Facilitator is an emerging role in healthcare. ACP Facilitators are instrumental in helping individuals, their families, and their loved ones become more engaged in person-centered decision making. If ACP conversations were easy, they would be more commonplace than they are today. The role of the ACP Facilitator is a critical component to achieving the ACP desired outcome—to know and honor an individual’s informed healthcare decisions. Because ACP is not a one-size-fits-all conversation, ACP Facilitators must be trained to have conversations with individuals at different stages of health and in different settings of care. ACP Facilitators add value to an organization and community and are central to any program’s success.
The value of the Facilitator role is demonstrated through:
- Timely and appropriate referrals for ACP services,
- The person-centered decisions individuals and families are assisted in making,
- The overwhelmingly positive individual and family satisfaction with this role, and
- Professional competence and confidence in providing skilled facilitation and delivering care that is consistent with an individual’s goals, values, and beliefs.
Attention North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) interested in participating in either First Steps or Last Steps Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Training: In an effort to increase the number of ACP facilitators in rural communities, the North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program, administered through the Center for Rural Health, will support registration ($250) for one person per CAH to attend an ACP training (between Sept. 1, 2017-August 31, 2018). Follow the steps below to apply.
- Applicants complete a Peer Exchange Program application form requesting ACP Facilitator Training registration fee support.
- Email completed Peer Exchange Application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will receive confirmation and approval of the proposed exchange within 3 business days of receipt of the application.
- Approved applicants complete the selected ACP Facilitator Training registration process as outlined below.
- Upon receipt of a completed Flex Peer Exchange Program Outcome Report, the Center for Rural Health will submit payment for the registration fee to the ACP training provider on behalf of the approved applicant.
Please note there is advance homework involved that must be completed prior to the in-person training. Please complete Flex funding requests as soon as possible to allow for the steps and time needed in the training registration and preparation process.