Comment

New Educational Tool for POLST Educators

The Oregon POLST Task Force Education Committee has finalized the Primary Care presentation. Posted here is the PDF Version - if you or your facility is interested in using these with patients, please contact the Oregon POLST Program Office (polst@ohsu.edu) for the PowerPoint version, including faculty notes. 

Comment

Comment

New Educational Tool for POLST Educators

The Oregon POLST Task Force Education Committee has finalized the Nursing Facility presentation. Posted here is the PDF Version - if you or your facility is interested in using these with patients, please contact the POLST office (polst@ohsu.edu) for the PowerPoint Version, including faculty notes. 

Comment

New Educational Tool for POLST Educators

The Oregon POLST Task Force Education Committee is working to create a set of standardized presentations to be used to educate about POLST with specific audiences. The first set to be finalized is intended to be used with a lay audience. Posted here is a PDF version- if you or your facility is interested in using these with patients, please contact the POLST office (polst@ohsu.edu) for the PowerPoint Version, including faculty notes. 

New POLST Educational Video Released

In response to feedback from health care facilities across the state, the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU and the Oregon POLST Task Force Education Committee released a new educational video for health care professionals titled, "POLST: Doing it Better". This video reviews who the intended audience is for POLST and it also reviews some common misconceptions about POLST. Watch the video here: 

Proposal introduced for Medicare to pay doctor's for end-of-life discussion

The Center's for Medicare and Medicaid have submitted a proposal to congress to begin reimbursing doctors for end-of-life conversations had with patients. This change could take effect as soon as January 2016. NPR recently interviewed a social worker from Oregon who described the importance of POLST when it comes to end-of-life conversations. Read the article here: 

Oregon POLST Task Force Creates Administrator Alerts for Nursing Facilities

The purpose of these Administrator Alerts is to ensure that POLST is being used appropriately in Nursing Facilities, Community Based Care Facilities, and Adult Foster Homes. POLST forms are always voluntary, POLST forms should never be mandatory, patients should never be handed a blank POLST form to complete without a health care professional present. Read the full alerts below:

ePOLST Implementation Report

OHSU recently launched an electronic POLST program in collaboration with Vynca, a tech start-up from Silicon Valley. This system allows health care professionals to complete POLST forms with patients electronically in OHSU EPIC, loads the POLST form to the patient header and submits the form directly to the Oregon POLST Registry (unless the patient opts out). Oregon POLST Task Force Consultant and National POLST Paradigm Executive Director, Amy Vandenbroucke created a business report outlining the process of implementing ePOLST at OHSU as well as the value of the technology. Read the report here.

New electronic POLST system at OHSU receives national media coverage

In collaboration with Vynca, a Silicon Valley start-up, OHSU launched a new electronic system for completing POLST forms with patients. Since the press release last week, ePOLST at OHSU has received national media attention. Below are some of the articles published, highlighting this groundbreaking new technology!

Miami Herald                                  Portland Business Journal                                    Life Matters Media

Washington Times               Bend Bulletin                The Kansas City Star                      Time-POST 


New electronic POLST system at OHSU

ePOLST: End of life goals are being documented electronically in a new innovation at OHSU, in collaboration with a Silicon Valley startup, Vynca. Read an article about it in the Oregonian here.

Oregon POLST program featured in blog post on AARP Oregon

Dr. Tolle submitted a post about the Oregon POLST program, outlining which patients are appropriate for POLST and which are not. The blog post summarizes how POLST is more than just a pink form- it includes multiple conversations with loved ones and health care professionals about your end of life wishes. 

Webinar: "POLST: What's New and How Can We Do Better?"

On March 18, 2015 the Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCHs) facilitated a webinar about POLST where presenters Susan Tolle, MD and Lyle J. Fagnan, MD discussed POLST, recent data about the efficacy of POLST, and how primary care practices can work toward the routine implementation of POLST. Listen to the webinar here

Oregon POLST founder interviewed in New York TImes

Dr. Susan Tolle was interviewed by Paula Span from the New York Times on the benefits and limitations of Advance Directives and when it is time to turn Advance Directives into action with POLST orders.. Read the article here