2016 POLST form now available

The 2016 California Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is now available for individual download and bulk purchase, allowing health care providers to be ready Jan. 1, 2016, when nurse practitioners and physician assistants – under the supervision of a physician and within their scope of practice – are authorized to sign POLST forms […]


EMSA Commission approves revisions to 2016 POLST form

Proposed revisions to the California POLST form were approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) Commission at their December meeting, releasing the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) to move forward with full implementation of the provisions of Assembly Bill 637. AB 637 (Wolk) authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants – under the supervision […]


Webinar: POLST in 2016: What NPs, PAs, and everyone else needs to know

POLST in 2016: What NPs, PAs & Everyone Else Needs to Know About the New Form Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, nurse practitioners and physician assistants—under the direction of a physician and within their scope of practice—will be authorized to sign POLST forms and make them actionable medical orders under AB 637. Tune in for a free […]


What you need to know about AB 637 and POLST

As of January 1, 2016, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will be authorized to sign California POLST forms. Background Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), which was introduced in California through legislation (AB 3000) in 2008, is a medical order that gives seriously-ill patients more control over their care. Produced on a distinctive bright pink […]


Gov. Brown signs AB 637 allowing NPs and PAs to sign POLST forms

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants able to sign medical orders for life-sustaining treatment preferences starting January 2016 Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 637, authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants, under the direction of a physician and within their scope of practice, to sign Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms and make them actionable medical […]


Action Alert: Urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 637

Good news! AB 637 (Campos) passed out of the Senate with a vote of 36 to 2. This bill will allow California nurse practitioners and physician assistants acting under the supervision of a physician, and within their scope of practice, to sign a POLST form. The Governor has 14 days after the bill reaches his […]


POLST bills closer to passing in Legislature

Thanks to the work of Coalition members who wrote letters of support, two Coalition-sponsored bills moved forward in the Legislature this week. AB 637 (Campos), which would allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners, under a physician’s supervision, to sign the POLST, passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 7, on a vote of 10-0. This bill will […]


Action Alert: Support letters needed for SB 637 and SB 19

Ensure end-of-life wishes are honored for all Californians The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is sponsoring AB 637 (Campos) and SB 19 (Wolk)—two bills key to making sure Californians’ treatment wishes are honored. With your support, we can move these bills forward when they are heard in committee. Act now, and let your voices […]


California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and more

When it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission. Here is what you need to know… PROPOSED LEGISLATION NEW AB […]