Welcome to the POLST Illinois website. POLST is a state approved form that allows people with a serious illness to receive the medical treatments they want and avoid the ones they don’t want in a medical emergency. POLST Illinois is a committee of diverse health professionals that educates Illinoisans and healthcare providers about the POLST process and supports patient-centered decisions about care.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has published a revised Uniform POLST form. To help educate stakeholders who use POLST, the POLST Illinois Committee has created an easy QUICK FACTS tool. We encourage you to share this document with health care professionals who need to understand, discuss and implement POLST orders.
EDUCATION ABOUT CHANGES TO THE POLST PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE!
You may be aware that legislation impacting the POLST form and guidance for using POLST in our state went into effect on 1/1/22. Public Act 102-0140 contains several changes that you will want to know about. Please note that POLST IL is awaiting an updated POLST form from IDPH. Until a new form is available, please continue to use the current version. We encourage you to take the time to look through the documents below for detailed information on the changes.
- Quick Facts: This document can be used a short guide for all healthcare providers. We encourage you to use this information for in-service trainings, staff meetings, etc.
- Frequently Asked Questions for Healthcare Providers: The FAQ document can be used as a reference when healthcare providers have specific questions regarding the changes to the POLST program.
- PDF Presentation: This PowerPoint can be used to give a detailed explanation of the POLST program changes for all healthcare providers. We encourage you to use this information as a compliment to the Quick Facts document for in-service trainings, staff meetings, etc.