Press Release: Not Dead Yet Provides Video and Written Comments on POLST to Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Approaching Death

…hing from the current level of information we have about how POLST is being implemented in the states that have it, it’s that many questions remain unanswered, strong reasons for concern exist, and federal funding to promote POLST is premature. The POLST provisions of H.R. 1173 should be amended to fund independent research to answer the serious questions and concerns that many have raised. That’s what the Institute of Medicine and this…

NJ Governor Vetoes POLST Bill, Suggests Revisions

…king capacity. Christie’s revisions to section 7.d. begin as follows: If a The POLST form shall provide the patient with the choice to authorize the patient’s representative with the ability to revoke or modify the patient’s POLST if the patient who has a completed POLST form has lost loses decision-making capacity. This and further revisions of section 7.d. provide that the representative’s power to revoke or modify the POLST form is determined…

John Kelly Quoted in NPR Thanksgiving Day Article on POLST

…e.) For one thing, even though it says “for” life-sustaining treatment, it would be more accurate to say “on” or “re(garding)”. And if you really want to be accurate in reflecting the medical profession’s intent in promoting POLST, you’d say “against” or “vs” because there seems to be a far from subtle POLST bias against life-sustaining treatment. In fact, as NPR’s After the Cranberries and Pie, Let’s Talk About Death by Nancy Shute explains:…

NDY’s Public Comment on Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Regulations

…reatment are an increasingly popular tool for advance care planning. They are short, brightly colored forms that provide immediately actionable medical orders because they are signed by a physician. According to the National POLST Paradigm Task Force: …[T]he intended audience for use of POLST … is patients for whom the health care professional’s response to the surprise question- “Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next 12…

Not Dead Yet’s Public Comment to U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Regulations

…reatment are an increasingly popular tool for advance care planning. They are short, brightly colored forms that provide immediately actionable medical orders because they are signed by a physician. According to the National POLST Paradigm Task Force: …[T]he intended audience for use of POLST … is patients for whom the health care professional’s response to the surprise question- “Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next 12…