Last week was National Healthcare Decisions Week (April 16-22). The New Jersey Department of Health encourages residents to contemplate their healthcare preferences and plan ahead for end-of-life care decisions. The national theme for 2018 is "It Always Seems Too Early, Until It's Too Late."
"Far too often, patient preferences for end-of-life are never documented and are only discussed during a health crisis," said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. "Advance care planning is the best way to make their end-of-life preferences known to ensure an individual's wishes can be fulfilled."
MSNJ agrees with Commissioner Elnahal and has partnered with the NJ Hospital Association and the NJ Association of Health Plans to develop the NJ Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy that brings together the top physician, hospital and health plan leaders to develop solutions to solve pressing healthcare issues within the state. The Class of 2017 and 2018are focusing on improving care at the End-of-Life and have published their recommendations in a proceedings document made available to the public. For more information, please visit www.msnj.org/NJHELA.