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Legislation Update, May 30, 2014

On Friday, May 30, SB 3076 Passed both houses, and now awaits the governor’s signature.  Once a law, the IDPH has until January 1, 2015 to release the revised form.  The revisions will include changing the form’s title  to “IDPH Uniform DNR/Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”.  In addition to attending physicians, APN’s, PA’s and some physician residents…

POLST Webinar April 9th 2014

To support National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th, POLST Illinois offered a webinar to healthcare workers across the state.  Over 200 people signed up to participate, sponsored by Telligen, Illinois’ Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). Julie Goldstein, M.D., Chair of the POLST Taskforce and clinical ethicist and palliative care physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical…

POLST Featured in USA Today

USA Today recently published an article on the POLST Paradigm. The article features the story of Max Millis, an Oregon man with aortic stenosis. Max made his treatment wishes clear in an advance directive, but when he faced a medical emergency, his advance directive was not honored. Max’s story demonstrates the importance of POLST for…

POLST Illinois Moves Forward

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program, designed to improve the quality of end-of-life care, is now available in Illinois. The Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition sponsored the discussion led by Julie Goldstein, M.D., a clinical ethicist and palliative care physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. POLST program forms are more detailed than conventional living wills or other advance directives. They allow patients…

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