Life Care Planning Resources
A plethora of information has been written over the years about resources that can and should be used in life care planning. As life care planners, we know that the person with the most accurate, accessible, and thorough resources is the winner in the life care planning arena. Without proper resources that are easily accessible, understandable, and updateable, the task of completing a competent, thorough, and accurate life care plan can be formidable. In the authors’ experience, most life care planners spend the majority of their time researching information for the plan, rather than actually formulating the specific components for the plan. Therefore, the life care planner with the competitive edge is the one who has a multitude of data from a variety of sources, encompassing a large pool of information, rather than just the basics involved in setting up the outline for the recommendations for the life care plan.
There is an operative word that must be spoken and understood here, and that word is accessible resources. Just having the information available somewhere in the office is not enough. This will not help the expert during the stress of a deposition when asked to pull that source, or during a telephone conference with a referral source, asking for specifics on something referenced in the life care plan. Additionally, there are many topics not specifically covered in the life care plan itself that must also be readily available for conferencing, speaking, training, testifying, networking, and case managing. Remember that our role as life care planners is as educators—well-prepared, knowledgeable educators with an almost unlimited fund of knowledge and resources.
This post will outline some resources (which will in turn lead the reader to other resources) that will enable life care planners to expand their horizons and base of information. This post is not designed to outline specific individual sources for a specific problem. This post will globally outline information that will provide the life care planner/case manager with the fact source(s) needed to be well rounded and knowledgeable in all facets of the life care planning area of practice and that will provide a foundation upon which one can continually build a broad knowledge base.
Just as the key to comprehensive life care planning is to develop and maintain a consistent methodology to analyze and process catastrophic cases, the key to resourcing and maintaining a database is just as important, and a consistent methodology must be used to obtain and maintain those sources. Otherwise, the professional will be mired in a deluge of information that is virtually useless if it is not accessible, updated, and maintained in such a fashion that the professional can have immediate access.
As professionals, we must keep abreast of technology available so as to benefit fully from what it can offer. This means being willing to investigate new technology, new data storage
and retrieval systems. This is not to say that one cannot stay with a proven, successful method of data collection, retrieval, and so on, but the professional must keep an open mind as to alternatives that are continually being developed. The professional is encouraged to seek out and evaluate a number of currently available software programs to determine which system (for case management, life care planning, resource data storage and retrieval, etc.) will best fit specific needs.
This post is also designed to make the task of researching easier and more user friendly. We will begin by starting at the beginning of the research process involved in the life care planning arena.
The process of researching requires the life care planner to do the following:
■ Identify and define needed information.
■ Cultivate effective resources to locate information.
■ Organize, store, and retrieve valuable information.
Therefore, let us break this down further by narrowing the scope a bit to make it more manageable. In order to identify and define needed information, the life care planner must look at the client specifics:
Client needs based on the disability:
■ Medical services
■ Residential needs
■ Miscellaneous services
■ Allied health services
Defining client needs goes hand-in-hand with identifying those areas for inclusion in the life care plan. The authors like to refer to the Area Cost Analysis Request form (see the following) as a blueprint for the life care plan. It is in using this form that the planner begins mentally constructing the plan as the requested costing information is outlined. By checking off those items that require costing research, the planner is also constructing the various recommendations contained within the plan (also see Appendix A for a sample facility questionnaire).
Area Cost Analysis Request
|Plaintiff: __ Defense: _____ Age||5: Sex: M F|
|Disability: Area Code:|
|City: Nearest Metro Area:|
|Today’s Date: Date Due:|
Facility-Based Outpatient Therapy:
__ PT __ OT __ ST
_ Aquatic therapy
_ Therapeutic riding
_ Recreational therapy
Work hardening program
_ Disabled driver
_ Augmentative communication
_ Assistive technology
__Handyman service __Health club
_ Home modification
_ Massage therapy
__Support group __Other:
_ Public school
_ Summer program
_ Private school
_ College aid
_ Camp_ College: AA_ BA
_ Vocational evaluation
_ Vocational counseling
_ Job coaching
_ Sheltered work
Comprehensive metabolic panel
Lipid panel UA
Chemical levels (what medication):
.Epidural block .SCI fertility program: M F Gastrostomy PEG tube Trach revision .Shunt revision Hip subluxation .Hip replacement .Knee replacement .Baclofen pump Morphine pump .Spinal stimulator .Scoliosis surgery
.Spinal fusion (cervical/thoracic/lumbar)
.Scar revision (length of scar: )
.Stump revision Arthroscopy .Contracture release Tendon release Hardware removal
This table illustrates a sample form that can be used as a blueprint for the life care plan.
Once the needs are known, then researching the cost is in order. The Internet has certainly changed and shaped the way we research costs, but the telephone is still an important link when specific information needs to be acquired. E-mail is another valuable tool, and actually, some of the same tips on the art of obtaining telephone information is valuable in obtaining information via e-mail, since both, ideally, will be answered by a human on the other side. Do not underestimate the power of the spoken word. An outline of instrumental tips is located in the following.
The Art of Obtaining Information by Telephone
First Impressions Count: Do not be demanding, but be humble, and with sincerity ask your questions.
Be Optimistic and Positive: Do not let the person on the other end try to dismiss you by indicating he or she does not know the answer. Assume the person does; he or she just might not know he or she knows. Be persuasive, but kind and optimistic.
Be Complimentary: “I understand you are the area expert on such and such.”
Be Persistent and Patient: Do not give up. Continue to follow up on your contacts and respect their time requirements, if possible. (Beg when necessary.)
Be Personable: No one enjoys talking to someone who is very stiff and all business. Throw in a bit of small talk to make both of you feel at ease. If the other person can feel your pain, so to speak, you have a much better chance of acquiring the needed information.
Be Flexible: Go with the flow. If you are referred to yet another number to call, do so cheerfully. Eventually you will end up rewarded.
Now that we have reviewed the essential points involved with the art of obtaining information via telephone, let us look at some of the more practical matters in terms of locating information.
Locating Health Care Professionals
When working outside of your geographical area, using the Web, go to the online Yellow Pages to begin your search for medical professionals or allied health professionals. Two examples are:
■ InfoSpace: www.infospace .com
■ The Real Yellow Pages: http://yp.yahoo .com or www.yellowpages .com
To find certain specific specialists, such as a pain specialist, physiatrist, neuro-ophthalmologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, or nutritionist, special research tools are required. A useful tool to use to find specific specialists is the National Trade and Professional Associations. This text provides detailed contact and background information on over 7600 trade associations, professional societies, technical organizations, and labor unions in the United States. It is available from:
Columbia Books, Inc.
8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814
Fax: (202) 464-1675
E-mail: info@columbiabooks .com
Another good general source includes the Case Management Resource Guide (www.cmrg .com). This guide can provide information for a number of programs and facilities, such as:
Home care Rehabilitation Subacute care Nursing facilities Assisted living facilities Hospice
Long-term acute care Hospitals
Psychiatric and addiction
The following links will guide you to home health agencies. Always look to the national agencies first when researching costs. If there are no national agencies available, contact the closest agency for assistance. Many times, a national agency will service out-of-town areas for an additional transportation/travel charge.
Websites for specific agencies can direct you to specific offices in geographic locations served.
Home Health Links
Interim Home Health: www.interimhealthcare .com ResCare (formerly Kelly Assisted Living): www.rescare.com Maxim Home Health: www.maximhealthcare .com Nurse Finders: www.nursefinders .com
Other Useful Links
Brain Injury Facility Locator: www.biausa .org
United Cerebral Palsy Direct Services: www.ucp .org
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centers: www.spinalcord .uab .edu
Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities: www.carf .org
Shepherd Spinal Cord Injury Program: www.shepherd .org
Rosomoff Comprehensive Pain Center or Miami Pain: www.rosomoffpaincenter .com National Spinal Cord Injury Association: www.spinalcord .org
Locating Miscellaneous Services
Search online Yellow Pages for:
Health club Wellness program Massage therapy
Locating Schools/Educational Services
Preschools, public schools, private schools, school boards—online Yellow Pages: www.infospace .com Colleges and universities, by state: www.50states .com/college Tutor locator—Sylvan Learning Centers: (800) Educate or www.educate .com Special needs camp: www.acacamps .org
Vocational Rehabilitation Resources
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Offices by state: www.parac .org/svrp.html
Geographically Specific Wage Data
Bureau of Labor Statistics: www.dol .gov/ (yearly metropolitan-area occupational employment and wage estimates); or just www.bls .gov Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls .gov/oco/
Federal government: www.usa.gov Medicaid phone numbers: http://cms .hhs .gov Social Security Administration: www.ssa.gov
Federal government directory (LSU libraries): www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/fedgov.html
National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database: www.nlm .nih .gov/databases National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials: http://ncrtm .org National Center for Dissemination of Disability Research: www.ncddr .org U.S. Government consumer health information Healthfinder: www.healthfinder .gov
Storing and Retrieving Information—Database
A life care plan database is an important aspect of what any successful life care planner/case manager will require. Following are several choices of products available. (Be sure to look in the technology post of this website for additional explanation.)
LCPStat_version 7 (TecSolutions, Inc., PO Box 2446, Madison, MS 39130)
CONTACT PERSON: Randall Thomas PhD, 601-946-0646; Fax: 601-605-5812 The program is designed for case management, life care planning, and Medicare set-aside reports. The program includes multiple report formats for life care plan reports and summary of cost reports.
Also included is a resource database that allows the user to maintain resources (items and services) with unit costs or costs range. The user may identify a specific vendor, vendor address, and vendor city/state/zip code or geographical location. The user can also identify the specific medical impairment for which the item would be appropriate. The user can select specific items from resources and import those items into a life care plan.
Screen shots of interest sites can be stored in LCPStat v7, or the user can store .pdf or Word documents.
LCPStat v7 is designed for use on Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Macintosh operating systems. LCPStat v7 also includes CPT lookup capability. (CPT codes are copyrighted by the American Medical Association.)
Also include are databases for literature review and a contacts database.
Life Care Planning for the PC
Life Care Planning for the PC is authored and copyrighted by Ann Maniha, RN, CLCP, CMC. The life care plan format is created in Word and WordPerfect file formats. The narrative and tables are all in one document. The software has the ability to be completely individualized to specific preferences. The software also has the ability to calculate in the tables. The format layout is easily understood and is reasonably priced. Instructions are included; you will receive both a CD and an instruction manual.
Contact: Ann Maniha, RN, CLCP, CMC, Certified Life Care Planner, Certified Medical Coder; Telephone: 713-861-7633; 713-861-8617; Fax: 713-861-3255.
PlannerPro! Plus, developed by SaddlePoint Software, LLC, is a complete package not only for the professional life care planner, but for the Medicare set-aside allocator and workers’ compensation medical cost projectionist as well.
Contact: SaddlePoint Software, LLC; Telephone: 256-535-2322; 205-714-7013; http://www. saddlepoint.net/HTML/PPOverview.html.
Features of the software include built-in calculation capabilities, reusable data, including reusable vendor databases, and many print format combinations. Different font sizes and complete report customization are newly added features. Report print options include the ability to define all fields within the printouts, including header, footer, title, and descriptive verbiage for the report fields.
The software also has the capability to export life care plans, Medicare set-asides, and medical cost projections created within the software into a Microsoft Word document or to .pdf-formatted documents. The print options for Word document exports include the ability to set the fonts and font characteristics of the output to Word, and the ability to define and set the types of tables into which the numeric output is inserted. Word options also include the ability to combine numeric data within the narrative, allowing the full editing capacity of Word to be employed within the plan. The same ability to personally define the descriptive fields exists within the Word export option as well as the standard report option. PlannerPro! Plus’s capability to export life care plans into .pdf documents allows the quick and easy delivery of life care plans, Medicare set-asides, and medical cost projections via the Internet, e-mail, or CDs. CPT codes, Level I HCPCS codes, and ICD-9 codes are available for PlannerPro! Plus, in a searchable database, allowing complete and accurate item/ services/procedure descriptions in life care plans, Medicare set-asides, and medical cost projections.
CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association (https://catalog.ama-assn. org/Catalog/;jsessionid=VGDSCQWFR1PCRLA0MRPVX5Q?_requestid=813320).
Microsoft XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Office 2002, Microsoft Word 2002, and SQL Server are all trademarks of The Microsoft Corporation (www.microsoft.com).
It is extremely important to be well documented in your research and to be thorough and sure of the quality of information that was obtained. Make sure your definitions of job descriptions (e.g., live-in care) are consistent with the agency’s definition. Considerable anxiety and wasted time will be spared if you set up and follow a strict, structured methodology of information retrieval, collection, and storage.
Selected Specific Resources
Examples that have proven valuable in the past are the following.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
PVA is another great source of information on a variety of topics related to long-term-care planning/ case management of catastrophic disabilities. PVA publishes guides for the benefit of veterans with disabilities to help them understand the requirements for receiving benefits, services, equipment, and so forth, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The guides explain who is eligible to receive services and equipment and the process of application. It also describes the number and kinds of equipment that are available to veterans, depending upon their entitlement status. This includes wheelchairs, prosthetic and sensory aids, automotive grants/allowances, clothing allowances, and a multitude of other benefits. Of particular relevance to spinal cord injury are the monographs published under the title The Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine, Clinical Practice Guidelines (administrative and financial support provided by PVA). Topics include the following:
Depression following SCI: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Primary Care Physicians
Prevention of Thromboembolism in SCI
Neurogenic Bowel Management in Adults with SCI
Acute Management of Autonomic Dysreflexia: Adults with SCI Presenting to Health-Care Facilities
Prevention of Thromboembolism in SCI
Neurogenic Bowel: What You Should Know
Outcomes following Traumatic SCI: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Health-Care Professionals
Contact the Paralyzed Veterans of America at:
Paralyzed Veterans of America 801 18th St. NW Washington, DC 20006-3517
PVA National Headquarters: 800-424-8200
PVA Publications Distribution Center: 888-860-7244
E-mail: info@pva .org
Title 38: Veterans’ Benefits
www.access .gpo .gov/uscode/title38/title38.html
To download these documents, scroll to “Federal Register Documents in the News” on the GPO Access Federal Register Page. You can also locate them by searching GPO’s online Federal Register for the topic entry shown previously.
To purchase a single copy or annual subscription of the Federal Register, contact: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office at 202-512-1800.
You can also refer to copies of the Federal Register at any federal depository library and see page
II for order information.
Special Needs Trust
Special needs settlements trusts have been in common usage since 1993 and have been used on behalf of individuals with disabilities in litigation since 1978. The trusts have received extensive attention lately and will continue to spark debate or changes over time.
Most trusts are established by court order for settlement or judgment proceeds received on behalf of a litigating party who is severely disabled. The trust’s two basic purposes are:
■ To provide an ongoing management vehicle for the settlement proceeds to ensure that the funds allocated to the claimant with the disability are not subject to exploitation or waste
■ To preserve the claimant’s eligibility (when properly drafted and in the appropriate situation) for local, state, or federal benefit programs, including Supplemental Security Income, under Title XVI, and Medicaid under Title XIX, of the Social Security Act (42 USC)
Congress amended the Medicaid statute in the 1993 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA), now codified at 42 USC 396p(d)(4)(A), to expressly recognize the use of such trusts as a means of preserving Medicaid eligibility if certain conditions are met.
Part of the intrigue of a trust is the Medicaid lien. The medical needs of a person with a disability are often funded in part by Medicaid after, say, an accident and before the resolution of the case. Medicaid may be the only source of payment while liability is being contested. All attorneys should know that the Medicaid lien must be satisfied and discharged as part of the settlement process. Usually this process was left to the end of a suit, with the hopes that Medicaid will offer a substantial discount (often 30% to 50% or more of the actual lien). However, this discount may no longer be available. One can no longer leave the treatment of the Medicaid lien
to the conclusion of a case. The Health Care Financing Authority (HCFA) appears to be taking a rather hard line of no compromise of the federal financial participation amount of Medicaid liens. Thus, to avoid the parties discovering at the end of a case that almost the entire recovery could go to the Medicaid lien, this lien must be examined at the front end of a case.
All of this is quite confusing. Each state is handled differently, so there is no blanket answer to questions often posed. The authors suggest that the case manager/life care planner obtain additional information from William L.E. Dussault, Esq., William L.E. Dussault, P.P., Inc., 219 East Gales St., Seattle, WA 98102; phone: 206-324-4300. Mr. Dussault was one of the first to publish data on the special needs trusts and has a network of professionals that specialize in this area.
Additionally, one can read more about special needs trusts in Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 6, 27—51, 2001 (Thomas Land Publishers, Birmingham, Alabama), and The Special Needs Settlement Trust: A Tool for the Catastrophically Injured, by William L.E. Dussault. Contact the author at 206-324-4300, Seattle, Washington.
University of Washington Spinal Cord Injury Update
This newsletter is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, to the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System, one of the model SCI care systems nationwide. The newsletter is issued several times per year and is packed full of information that is a must for all life care planners/case managers.
This newsletter covers topics related to spinal cord injury (SCI) for both health care providers and consumers. Contact: http://sci.washington .edu. Subscribe: email@example.com .edu.
National Council on Disability
The NCD Bulletin, a monthly publication of the National Council on Disability (NCD), is free of charge and is also available in alternative formats on the Internet (www.ncd .gov). It brings you the latest issues and news affecting individuals with disabilities. Contact:
National Council on Disability 1331 F St. NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20004-1107 202-272-2004 (Voice)
Fax: 202-272-2022 www.ncd .gov
Information from HEATH National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
This newsletter is published three times a year. Contact:
The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center 2121 K St. NW, Suite 220 Washington, DC 20037 202-973-0904 (Voice/TTY)
E-mail: askheath@heath .gwu .edu
A viatical settlement is a unique financial resource that allows individuals facing a life-threatening illness to sell their life insurance policy for cash, which can then be utilized for treatment and resources required as a result of the disability. For more information:
American Council on Life Insurance 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004-2599
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
444 North Capitol St. NW Washington, DC 20001
National Viatical Association 1200 G St. NW, Suite 760 Washington, DC 20005 www.nationalviatical .org
North American Securities Administrators Association 10 G St. NE, Suite 710 Washington, DC 20002 www.nasaa.org
Viatical Association of America 1200 19th St. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036
Viatical and Life Settlement Association of America viatical@cfl .rr. com
Through the Looking Glass: Resources for Parents with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities still experience discrimination when it comes to everyday issues, even such basic issues as the human rights associated with reproduction. The ability of mothers with a disability to care for their babies is questioned by health care professionals and the general population. Through the Looking Glass is a nonprofit organization founded by Megan Kirschbaum in Berkeley, California, in 1982. It focuses on preventative services, professional training, and research concerning families with a disability or medical issue for either parent or child. Contact:
Through the Looking Glass 2198 Sixth St., Suite 100 Berkeley, CA 94710-2204 800-644-2666 TLG@lookingglass .org
With the advent of the ADA, each state was required to implement a telecommunications system that is accessible to people with disabilities. In Florida, for example, Florida Telecommunications Relay (FTRI) is a not-for-profit organization that administers a statewide Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for hearing-impaired, dual-sensory-impaired (hearing and vision), and speech-impaired Florida citizens. The equipment provided through this program is loaned to all qualified citizens for as long as they need it, at no charge. The FTRI program provides basic access to the telecommunications network as mandated by the Telecommunications Access System Act of 1991 (TASA), Chapter 417, Section III, Florida Statutes.
Every state must have some type of system in place to provide accessible telecommunications. Contact your local telephone service information system, usually located inside the front cover of your local telephone book.
To learn more about Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), visit the FCC’s website at www.fcc .gov/cgb/dro/trs.html. You can also contact:
Federal Communications Commission Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
445 12th St. SW Washington, DC 20554 888-CALL-FCC (888-225-5322)
888-TELL-FCC (888-835-5322) (TTY) www.fcc .gov/cgb/
Directory for Exceptional Children
The Directory for Exceptional Children is an excellent resource that reflects the growing recognition of the multidimensional needs of exceptional children. Since the organization’s beginning in 1954, each subsequent edition has grown. This is a resource for both families and professionals, with listings encompassing the entire range of developmental, organic, and emotional handicaps. Each listing conforms to a standardized format, making it convenient for referencing and easy comparison of programs.
The 16th edition of the Directory (2007—2008) is a comprehensive survey of 2200 schools, facilities, and organizations across the United States serving children and young adults with developmental, emotional, physical, and medical disabilities. With indexes cross-referencing a range of disabilities, this work is an invaluable aid to parents and professionals seeking the optimal environment for special needs children.
Directory for Exceptional Children, 16th edition $75, 1152 pages, 2007-2008 Porter Sargent Publishers Inc.
Book Sales and Customer Service 400 Bedford Street, Suite 322 Manchester, NH 03103 800-342-7470 Fax: 603-669-7945 info@portersargent .com
Guide to Summer Camps and Summer Schools
The 31st edition covers the broad spectrum of recreational and educational summer opportunities. Facts from 1700 camps and schools make the Guide a comprehensive and convenient resource.
$27 paper, $45 cloth, 864 pages; 2008/2009 Porter Sargent Publishers, Inc. c/o IDS
300 Bedford St., Building B, Ste. 213 Manchester, NH 03101 800-342-7470 www.portersargent .com
General Information Sources
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
This journal is published quarterly by Thomas Land, www.thomasland .com. This is a peer-reviewed topical journal devoted to multidisciplinary commentary on the management of persons with disability because of an insult to the spinal cord. The topics presented are current on the treatment of patients with spinal paralysis. A special issue on life care planning, coedited by Terry Winkler, MD, and James S. Krause, PhD, is Volume 7, Number 4, published in Spring 2002.
Exceptional Parent: The Magazine for Families and Professionals
This magazine is published 12 times per year by Psy-Ed Corp., dba Exceptional Parent Magazine, 209 Harvard St., Ste. 303, Brookline, MA 02446-5005; 800-562-1973 or 800-247-8080; www. Eparent.com.
Yearly technology/communication/education issues are included with a subscription to the Exceptional Parent. This magazine is a must for any professional working with pediatrics. Not only are the magazines stocked with informative articles, but also the resource sections alone are worth a subscription.
The Neurolaw Letter
This monthly newsletter is a must-read for attorneys and health care professionals involved in brain injury litigation. Each month, The Neurolaw Letter provides practice points, trial techniques, marketing strategies, and hands-on tips that are of immediate benefit to practitioners in this emerging area of jurisprudence. Issue after issue, some of the most respected legal and medical professionals in the field of brain injury offer their insights to recognizing, evaluating, and litigating these challenging cases. Subscription includes a three-ring binder. The annual subscription rate is $96 (12 monthly issues). Contact: www.braininjurybooks .com/legal.html.
The sources mentioned in this post are certainly not a complete list of all resources available. The authors’ goal was to present some sources of information that may not be commonly known among life care planning/case management professionals. Not mentioned, of course, are the vast resources available through the Internet. There have been entire books written on the sources that can be obtained through the Internet.
A post on sources would not be complete without mentioning some of the authoritative data available pertaining to life care planning/case management. Certainly, A Guide to Rehabilitation, by Paul M. Deutsch and Horace Sawyer cannot be overlooked. This book was formerly published by Ahab Press, but is now out of print. It will be replaced by Deutsch’s Guide to Life Care Planning and Disability Management, edited by Paul M. Deutsch. The book is anticipated to be released in 2009 or 2010 by DC Press, 2445 River Tree Circle, Sanford, FL 32771, 407-688-1156.
Journal of Life Care Planning
This journal is the only peer-reviewed professional journal dedicated to the practice of life care planning. It is published by Elliott & Fitzpatrick, Inc., Athens, GA (www.elliottfitzpatrick .com or 706-548-8161). Life care planning has evolved into a complex and advanced specialty practice. The goal of this journal is to serve as a vehicle for promoting education and advanced practice. (Managing Editor: Debbie Berens, PhD, debra.berens@ comcast .net or; 770-978-9212.)
Certification in Life Care Planning
Certification for life care planners (i.e., certified life care planner, or CLCP), was the first certifying body for life care planners, and issued the first life care planner certification examination in March 1996. The certification is through the Commission on Health Care Certification (CHCC), now known as the International Commission on Health Care Certification, www.ichcc .org or (804) 378-7273. Later, a nurse only certification formed and is available through the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners, www.aanlcp .org.
This post on resources is designed to provide the life care planner with basic information to be prepared for the circumstances that occur in our profession. The heart and soul of the life care planning process is the ability to quickly and efficiently locate resources. Preparedness is the key to a successful life care planning experience.