On September 17, 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that provided encouraging news for organizations and professionals providing end of life services. Based on evidence gathered in Dying in America, experts find that “improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system.” To achieve this, the report identified and provided recommendations in the following five areas:
- Delivery of Person-Centered, Family Oriented Care
- Clinician-Patient Communication and Advance Care Planning
- Professional Education and Development
- Policies and Payment System
- Public Education and Engagement
POLST is pleased to report that one of the actions within the Policies and Payment System recommendation, “encourages states to develop and implement Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) paradigm program in accordance with nationally standardized core requirements.” Great news for POLST! If you haven’t had a chance to read the report, you can access it by clicking here.