“Quality & Safety Consideration for Patients with a POLST or Living Will | Do We Ask for Permission to Treat First? Or Treat first & Ask Questions Later?” – GeriPal

RSS cardThis resuscitation card links to a video by the patient explaining their care preferences:https://vimeo.com/user44599014/review/188926708/25b475b740 The password is: 911.

“As we are educated on the ethical & financial concerns surrounding end-of-life care, we are informed by Institute of Medicine that end-of-life care is broken and accounts for $170 billion in annual spending (1). This projection will exceed $350 billion in less than 5 years. To better align patient wishes, living wills & POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) are necessary documents and processes. Whether you like them or not they are here to stay are we need to assure provider competency.  Additionally, Medicare now reimburses for advance care planning conversations in the office or via telemedicine. In the past, physicians have tried to embrace living wills and more recently, the POLST paradigm has emerged to the national forefront. POLST & POLST-like processes have grown rapidly, which has outpaced the ability of states to educate to ensure the safe & effective utilization of this process.”

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