Full Written Public Comment: Disability Related Concerns About POLST

…have been documented? And what are the risks that the same type of misinterpretation is or will be an issue in the POLST context? Research is needed before sound policies can be developed. Problem – HR 1173 Should Fund POLST Research, Not POLST Promotion A federal bill called the “Personalize Your Care Act” was introduced on March 14, 2013, by Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), which would provide Medicare funding for physicians to…

Public Comment: Disability Related Concerns About POLST

…[1] Michael Ollove, New End-of-Life Measure Quietly Sweeps the Nation, Stateline, June 20, 2013 http://www.pewstates.org/projects/stateline/headlines/new-end-of-life-measure-quietly-sweeps-the-nation-85899484943 [2] National POLST Paradigm Task Force http://www.polst.org/develop-a-program/program-requirements/# Level 3: Program Requirements for Endorsed POLST Paradigm Programs [3] New Jersey and Nevada. [4] CANHR Policy Brief, Physician Orders…

Second Thoughts Connecticut Negotiates POLST/MOLST Legislation With Consumer Protections We Can Live With

…w of compliance with the POLST law as part of licensing inspections. Second Thoughts Connecticut drew from Manne’s analysis and brought other research and materials to bear to negotiate and reach a consensus with Connecticut POLST advocates for a POLST bill that is as close to a model for the nation as we have seen. A news article about POLST and the Connecticut bill highlighted their success in reaching a balanced proposal to pilot their…

Not Getting on the POLST Bandwagon

…t has selected clearly presented treatment choices, then entered into the patient’s medical record, and therefore a secure directive for future medical care. (Emphasis added.) The only purported justification I’ve heard from POLST advocates for why the patient needn’t sign the POLST form is the suggestion that it would be too inconvenient because they are sick. That explanation doesn’t make sense if the person is able to complete the form as…

NDY quoted in Pew Trusts’ Stateline: New End-of-Life Measure Quietly Sweeps the Nation

…ates had adopted it by 2004, when the National POLST Paradigm Initiative Task Force formed to expand the practice. This blog has only covered POLST twice, once regarding the Illinois program and once regarding the New Jersey POLST bill. A POLST is a medical order, signed by a physician, instructing a health care provider about what types of life-sustaining treatment to provide or withhold. The instruction is supposed to be based on the wishes of…