Accountable Care Organization

Code Status Discussions: A Simple Approach

Understanding individual preferences about code status is critical to delivering the care patients want. An effective code status discussion is one which helps patients come to an informed decision that he or she is comfortable with. This page contains links to resources to help you lead a successful code status discussion.


This video introduces viewers to a simple three-step approach to assessing a patient’s readiness for a code discussion, revealing the patient’s wishes for care and confirming a patient’s care decision.


Code Status Discussion Pocket Guide - This printable pocket guide in PDF format serves as a handy reminder of the approach outlined in the video.