Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end. 

― Atul Gawande, MD
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End



Healthcare Providers

The highly acclaimed Institute of Medicine Report, Dying In America, advises that frequent conversations should occur between clinicians and patients to ensure that patients receive the care they want and avoid treatment they do not desire. This includes conversations regarding values, end-of-life goals, and informed preferences on options available. The report concludes that these conversations should be initiated by clinicians. Honoring Choices® Tennessee has compiled the resources below for providers and healthcare administrators.

POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment)
– A POST is an important document used in end-of-life planning to allow patients with serious illness or frailty to record their choices for medical treatment. It is medical order for care, not an advance directive.
POST form
POST explanation and guidance

Tennessee End of Life Partnership and Tennessee POST Project
Tennessee Advance Directive Form
Other State of Tennessee forms - advance directive and provider identification of surrogate forms in English and Spanish
Pocket-sized Tennessee advance directive - Developed by Ballad Health 

videos provide include 1) a CBS Sunday morning story about successful efforts in LaCross Wisconsin to encourage residents to complete advance directives 2) a discussion with Atul Gawande, M.D., about how physicians can help seriously ill patients live their "best possible day".

Conversation Ready: A Framework for Improving End-of-Life Care

White paper (Free, but account and login required)
Source: Institute for Healthcare Improvement

“Advance Care Directives” – a three-module computer-based learning program
Format: Videos (Free, but login and account required)
Source: Vanderbilt Medical Center
Module 1   Module 2   Module 3

“Initiating Advance Care Planning Conversations and Capturing Reimbursement”
Three-part webinar focused on Medicare billing for advance care planning conversations
Format: Videos
Source: Healthy Shelby (Memphis) and Atom Alliance
Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

Health System Employee Health Fair Advance Directive Training
Developed by Honoring Choices Tennessee based on initiative of Ballad Health (formerly Mountain States ​Health Alliance)