What You’ll Learn

In this course you will learn to:

  1. Guide a basic advance care planning (ACP) conversation with patients and their health care agents
  2. Assist patients and their health care agents in discussing the three purposes of basic ACP
  3. Help patients create a written advance directive that reflects their goals, values, and preferences

NOTE: While physicians earn 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ upon successful completion of this course, MOC Part II Credits are awarded only upon completion of all three courses in the ACP unit.

This course was created with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and includes downloadable tools and resources.

What You’ll Earn

Only CAPC members who are logged in can earn the following free Continuing Education Credits:

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

To take this course, log in. Or, check here to see if your organization is a member.


Take the course


Complete evaluation


Download your certificate

Tools & Resources

Billing and Coding for Advance Care Planning (ACP) Services

Requirements, best practices, documentation requirements, and time thresholds for Advance Care Planning (ACP) services. Center to Advance Palliative Care, January 2024.

Key Takeaways for Care Managers - Basic Advance Care Planning: Guide and Document

Pointers for care managers when documenting advance care planning.

Stephanie Anderson, DNP, RN

Anthony Back, MD. Co-founder, VitalTalk, Co-director, University of Washington Center for Excellence in Palliative Care.

Linda Briggs, MSN, MA, RN

Julie Goldstein, MD. Advance Care Planning Coordinator, Advocate Health Care Chair, POLST Illinois Committee of Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Bud Hammes, PhD

Tae Joon Lee, MD. Medical Director, Palliative Care and Hospice Vidant Medical Center.

Jessica Martinson, MS. Director of Clinical Education and Professional Development, Washington State Medical Association (WSMA).

Carole Montgomery, MD, FHM, MHSA

Phillip Rodgers, MD, FAAHPM. Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Director, Adult Palliative Medicine Clinical Programs University of Michigan.

Rose Seavolt, BSN, RN, CCP

Joyce Smerick, BS

Pat Tadel, MSN, RN

Kathleen Ziemba, MSW, LCSW

Contact information: For answers to frequently asked questions about CAPC courses, read the Online Course FAQ. For technical questions about course activity, email [email protected]. For questions about continuing education credits, contact 201-957-0077.

Respecting Choices - logo
Basic Advance Care Planning: Introduce and Motivate

Identify the role of physicians and advanced practitioners in introducing patients to ACP.

Beyond the Conversation: Integrating Basic Advance Care Planning into Practice

Ways for physicians and advanced practitioners to integrate and bill for ACP in their practice.

View all courses in the unit

Get the latest updates in your inbox!