Care Choices

Conference: Honoring Your Wishes

Enhancing Person-Centered Care through Advance Care Planning

Learn about the latest best practices and clinical benefits of Advance Care Planning (ACP) throughout the lifespan from local health care professionals and community health leaders.

Keynote Speaker: Katherine Imborek, MD


Conference Brochure

Friday, October 20th, 2017
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

University of Iowa

College of Public Health
145 North Riverside Drive
Iowa City, Iowa

CMEs and CEUs provided. Cost: Physicians: $60; Allied Health Professionals, Health Educators & Public Health: $30; Students: $20

Supported by Iowa City Hospice, University of Iowa Health Care, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Oaknoll, Lensing Funereal and Cremation Service, Hills Bank and Trust, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Caregiver Support Groups – September

Iowa City Hospice recognizes the immense value of family caregivers and strives to sustain them in their roles through support and education. Iowa City Hospice and Pathways Adult Day Health Center offer a support group for caregivers that are open and free to all community members at any point in their care giving journey.

The Caregiver Support Group offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

The group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Hwy 218 South, Iowa City, 52246. This months meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, September 6th from 1:00-2:30
  • Wednesday, September 20th from 1:00-2:30

For more information on support groups contact Polly Porter at 319-351-5665, or Jeff Kellbach at 319-339-6162,

Free respite care is available during the support group at Pathways Adult Day Health Center, with a reservation.  To make a reservation for the free respite, call 319-339-6162. 

Medicare Care Choices Model

Living as well as possible can be difficult with a serious illness. The Medicare Care Choices Model is a demonstration project through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Care Choices provides a new option for Medicare beneficiaries with specific diagnoses to receive hospice-like support services from participating hospice providers while also receiving curative care and treatments. The goal is to evaluate whether these supportive services that are provided can help improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce Medicare costs.

Potential patients must be living with one of the following illnesses: advanced cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or HIV/AIDS. There are additional eligibility criteria that a potential patient must meet, and we can help determine if you or a loved one might qualify. The same hospice services, such as visits from a nurse, social worker or spiritual counselor, are offered to patients enrolled in this model.

Care Choices can help patients and caregivers:

  • Control symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, and anxiety
  • Talk about their healthcare wishes
  • Be in touch with their multiple doctors to make sure everyone is on the same page
  • Make referrals to and work with other local resources that can help
  • Live at home for as long as possible
  • By being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you have questions or need help

To see more detailed information on the Care Choices project through Iowa City Hospice, including eligibility criteria, visit our Care Choices page.

To see more information on Care Choices from CMS, visit their website.

We encourage anyone – patients, family members, clergy, friends, or medical professionals – to contact us to learn more about Care Choices. Call us at 319-351-5665!