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 […]

Distinguishing POLST from Death with Dignity Statutes

This post is shared here with permission from the National POLST Paradigm Task Force. Approved by the National POLST Paradigm Task Force on September 18, 2015 Some may have questions about the critical distinction between the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) movement and Death with Dignity (DWD) legislation. A fundamental difference between POLST and DWD […]

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 […]

How medical directors can make the most of advance care programs and POLST

Despite recent gains in public awareness, studies indicate most Americans have not completed an advance health care directive or designated someone to make decisions about their health care in the event they cannot speak for themselves. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study1)Pew Research Center. Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments. November 2013., 72% of […]

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 […]

SR 17 urges Californians to communicate healthcare preferences before medical crisis occurs

April 16 is Healthcare Decisions Day in California The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to sponsor Senate Resolution 17 with California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), which would declare April 16, 2015, as “Healthcare Decisions Day” in California. The resolution urges all Californians to communicate their healthcare preferences and execute an advance healthcare […]

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 […]