Atrius Health recently joined the newly formed Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care which launched its inaugural summit on May 12th. The coalition includes 58 health care groups organized by The Conversation Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Ariadne Labs. The goal of the Coalition is to improve the care and experience for those facing serious, potentially life-limiting illness and ensure that “health care for everyone in Massachusetts is in accordance with their goals, values and preferences at all stages of life and in all steps of their care.”
During the summit, the coalition also released the results of a recent statewide survey it commissioned on end-of-life care. According to the survey, one in five Massachusetts residents described a loved one’s end-of-life care as “fair” or “poor.” While 85 percent of respondents said doctors should discuss end-of-life care issues with patients, only 15 percent had actually had a conversation with a provider about it.
Short term goals of the Coalition are that:
Read more about the coalition in the Boston Globe and watch the recording of the inaugural summit, which includes a keynote address by Dr. Atul Gawande, remarks from Governor Charlie Baker, as well as panel discussions with leaders in improving end-of-life care.