Life Care Planning Defined
According to the International Academy of Life Care Planners, a Life Care Plan (LCP) is a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. The life care plan is a collaborative effort among professionals in their field, and should reflect a goal that is preventative and rehabilitative.
While life care planning was once a practice primarily within the field of litigation, it has evolved into an important tool being used in elder care planning, chronic illness management, and discharge planning. Life care plans are critical for providing an accurate picture and plan that you can count on. It should be a document that may be updated and serves as a lifelong guide to assist in the delivery of health care services in a managed format.
In creating a life care plan, we strive to assist the client in achieving the best possible outcomes considering prevention of complications and restoration of lost function. In our practice, the role of the life care plan does not stop there. Our staff of Certified Life Care Planners provide education and implementation strategies to the client and interested parties.
Future Medical Needs Assessment (FMNA)
A tool very similar to the LCP is the future medical needs assessment.
This ‘work product’ document is an internal document for informational purposes only, providing an invaluable tool when considering settlements, determining course of action in a case, or providing information for ongoing medical and/or case management services. The FMNA utilizes the same methodology as with a life care plan. The FMNA can be generated early in a case to help with reserve setting, along with projections of future medicals. If a FMNA is generated early then it can be built on or changed as the case progresses. When the time comes for a formal LCP, much of the work has been completed. A summary of the medical history related to injury or illness is provided, along with comments related to potential complications and recommendations for further medical referrals.