Building Physician Skills in Basic Advance Care Planning

Nearly all physicians agree that advance care planning conversations are important, yet more than half report feeling unprepared to do so. Not surprisingly when physicians learn how best to engage in ACP conversations, they report they are more likely to have those conversations. They also describe the conversations as very important for their patients. More than that, the physicians find the conversation professionally rewarding.

Designed for physicians and advanced practitioners, the three-module online course, Building Physician Skills in Basic Advance Care Planning, will enhance your ability to:

  • Effectively introduce and motivate patients to participate in basic advance care planning.
  • Guide and document basic ACP conversations with patients and families.
  • Successfully integrate and bill for basic ACP in everyday practice.

The interactive course allows the learners to work through real-life scenarios, analyze sample ACP conversations, and practice skills like answering patients’ questions and selecting appropriate billing codes. Valuable features include an assortment of downloadable tools and resources, such as a basic ACP conversation guide. The primary goals of basic advance care planning are to explore a person’s goals and values, and to name and prepare their health care agent.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Participants will earn Maintenance of Certification Part II credits upon successful completion of all three modules.

Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest, jointly sponsored by the WSMA Foundation and the Washington State Hospital Association, has partnered with Respecting Choices® to offer the online course to physicians and advanced practitioners in Washington state. Through a grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the online modules are free of charge for WSMA members and members of the Honoring Choices PNW initiative until February 2021. Get started at


How Doctors Tell Patients They’re Dying – Frontline

Click Here to watch

Dr. Ira Byock Videos

Click Here to watch


Center to Advance Palliative Care

AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to End-of-Life Care

Advance Directives: How to talk with patients about them


Advance Care Planning for Older Homeless‐Experienced Adults:

Results from the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age Study