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IL-HPCO Partners with POLST Illinois to Promote Awareness, Education

POLST Illinois is partnering with the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO), combining efforts to strengthen awareness, education and advocacy related to advance care planning and the understanding and implementation of the Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) throughout the state. “We are proud to be able to announce this partnership,” said Sarah Bealles,…

2016 National POLST Paradigm Conference – Chicago

 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois Wednesday February 3rd, 2016  (beginning at 2:00pm) Thursday, February 4th (8:00am – 5:00pm) Friday February 5th  (8:00am – 3:00pm)   Registration for the 2016 National POLST Paradigm Conference is now open!  Register today to receive the Early Bird Rate of $300.  After January 1, 2016 the rate will increase to $350.  While you are not committed to attend the breakout…

POLST: Doing it Better – Video

POLST: Doing it Better is a new video that provides a clear overview of the National POLST Paradigm. Susan Tolle, MD (Chair, Oregon POLST Task Force) oversaw the creation of the video. This video is an educational tool for health care professionals that describes POLST, clarifies which individuals POLST should be offered to, emphasizes best…

Support CMS Proposal

On July 15, 2015, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its proposal for the creation of two new CPT codes that would reimburse health care professionals for engaging in advance care planning conversations with Medicare and Medicaid patients.  Comments are due 5pm (Eastern) September 8. The proposal is expected to take effect January…

Illinois POLST Leadership Meeting

On January 29, 2015, more than 60 leaders in medicine and health from across the state met to discuss how to advance the POLST paradigm in Illinois.  The Task Force held the meeting at the offices of the Illinois State Medical Society in Springfield and Chicago to discuss the new legislation that gives additional support…

Revised POLST Form – Now Available

The Illinois Department of Public Health has published a revision of the out-of-hospital emergency treatment form, now called the “IDPH DNR/POLST” form. Old versions of the form will continue to be honored, but clinicians should use the revised form. The Spanish revision has not been released, but will added when it is available. POLST Illinois emphasizes that the use…

IOM Report Encourages POLST Development

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…

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