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About M. Jane Markley Consulting

Advance care planning consultant Jane Markley giving a speach

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At M. Jane Markley Consulting we focus on advance care planning and medical ethics.

If you’re looking to put in place an advance care plan for yourself or a loved one, we can help.

If you’re a provider, hospital, health plan, or other health care organization looking to better understand advance care planning and directives, we’ll work with you to educate your staff and put in place processes to manage, document, and facilitate conversations with patients and their families.

Click here to read what people are saying about our work and click here to view a sample listing of our presentations. Also learn about our community partners.

Research shows that advance planning benefits everyone.

Advance planning puts patients in charge of what happens to them, especially when they can no longer speak for themselves. It helps keep family members and other loved ones from wondering whether they are “doing the right thing” and second-guessing themselves afterwards. It gives providers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities a road map—and it facilitates the conversation around care at the most difficult moments.

Read more about our work with organizations and our work with individuals, couples, and families.

About Jane Markley

Jane Markley is a business and health care executive with extensive experience in clinical care, ethics, quality improvement and health IT. She founded M Jane Markley Consulting to help individuals, families, providers, and hospitals and other health care organizations to put in place advance care planning for themselves, their loved ones, their patients and other key stakeholders.

In addition to her consulting work, Jane is a featured speaker who has presented regionally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to starting her business, Jane worked for SAIC, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. While at SAIC she managed more than $20 million in DOD health IT delivery orders; she was subsequently responsible for coordinating biochemical, public health, and bio-surveillance for homeland security. As Director of Planning and Coordination in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense, she initiated policies and implemented planning activities for a worldwide health care program. While at National Naval Medical Center, she directed clinical nursing ashore and afloat and served as chair of the Medical Ethics Committee. She began her career as a Navy nurse.

Jane serves on the Maryland State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life, a position she was appointed to by Governor O’Malley. Jane is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE) and a charter member of Advance Care Planning International. She is a past president of National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE). She also is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, training the next generation of physicians in ethics and advance care planning.

Jane is the author of Advance Care Planning Advocate: So You Do What? (published in the Professional Patient Advocate Institute’s 2014 Salary & Trends Report), and co-author of Heart and Soul: Effective Advance Care Planning Provides an Intervention Model and National Assessment of Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate Orders (both published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care). She holds a B.S. in Nursing from DePauw University and a Master’s in Education in Human Services Organizations from Boston University.

Advance care planning consultant Jane Markley