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6 things you should be doing to prepare for the new POLST

By Judy Thomas, JD
Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

The new California POLST goes into effect on October 1, 2014.

Here are 6 things you should be doing right now to prepare for the new form.

  1. Order new POLST forms from Med-Pass.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the new form: download a copy in English.
  3. Learn about key changes to the form.
  4. Spread the word among your colleagues by sharing this article. Thanks!
  5. Replace old forms. Previous versions of POLST will still be honored after the 2014 form goes into effect, however, it is best practice to complete a 2014 version of POLST—and void older versions of the form—when a patient’s POLST is updated.
  6. Download the 2014 POLST form in other languages.
    • Ask the responsible staff person to download all copies of POLST in other languages and have these forms ready for when you need them. Get copies of the forms at the bottom of
    • Order POLST in braille by contacting us.

Healthcare professionals with questions about POLST are encouraged to connect with their local POLST Coalition, or contact the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.

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