CHA News Article

CDPH Requires New POLST Form After Oct. 1

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued an All Facility Letter (AFL) to skilled-nursing facilities updating the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and providing guidance in coding the revised sections of Minimum Data Set 3.0 “Section S.” The new form will be effective Oct. 1. CDPH will honor previous versions after Oct. 1, but only for preexisting POLSTs. New submissions after Oct. 1 must use the new form. For more information, see the attached AFL.