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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…

SB 3076 Was Passed Into Law on 8/27/14

We are pleased to report that SB 3076 was signed into law  today as Public Act 98-1110.  Thank you to Rob Kane and ISMS for their role in making this happen.  Please click here for a copy of the law. POLST Illinois will now begin working with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to incorporate these changes.  IDPH has…

POLST orders successfully guide end of life medical treatment, study finds

POLST form preferences greatly influence location of death, honor patient’s wishes.
A new study, published today by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, shows that the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment program—commonly known as POLST—gives seriously ill or frail people a voice in how they are treated in a medical crisis. The study was published online by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.”

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…

Illinois POLST Form Released To Public

The POLST Illinois Task Force with the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the release of the new Illinois Department of Health Uniform DNR Advance Directive, known as the POLST form. – See more at:  Life Matters Media    

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…

How POLST Form Clarifies Wishes

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program, designed to improve end of life care in Illinois, is on its way to implementation. Health care professionals met at Rush University Medical Center this week to discuss the form’s development and strategies for raising public awareness. Julie Goldstein, M.D., a clinical ethicist and palliative care physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center,…

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