CHCF to Fund Pilot Project to Develop an Electronic POLST Registry in California

San Diego and Contra Costa Counties to be pilot site locations The board of directors of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has approved a two-and-half year project to help develop an electronic registry for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). While New York, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia have established electronic registries that store, […]


Nearly half of California nursing home residents complete end-of-life care orders

Grassroots outreach has helped to bring attention to the form, but a UCLA-led study finds room for improvement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UCLA-led research finds broad acceptance of written end-of-life care orders among California nursing home residents, with nearly half completing a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in 2011. The study, published online […]


South Korean end of life delegation visits California

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) continues to grow our coalition-building efforts outside of California! Last month, an end of life delegation from South Korea traveled to California to learn more about best practices in POLST and advance care planning from CCCC. The delegation was comprised of representatives of the Korea Ministry of […]


National task force recognizes California for “mature” POLST program

Majority of California healthcare settings recognize POLST as the preferred method of recording treatment preferences for persons with advanced illness or frailty SNAPSHOTS: California just one of three states recognized as having a “mature” POLST program To achieve “mature” status a state’s POLST program must be implemented and recognized in every region of the state […]


RFPs released for POLST eRegistry pilot project

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) is releasing two (2) Requests for Proposals (RFP) over the next few weeks to identify communities and technology vendors with an interest in participating in the POLST eRegistry pilot project authorized under SB 19 (Wolk). Passed in 2015, SB 19 requires the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) to develop a POLST […]


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 bill establishing pilot project to enable electronic access to end-of-life orders, POLST

Pilot program sets stage for statewide electronic registry of vital medical orders On Mon., Oct. 5, 2015, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed Senate Bill 19, establishing a pilot project—to be known as the California POLST eRegistry Pilot—which would enable healthcare providers to electronically submit and access patients’ POLST forms, ensuring immediate access to this […]