CHA News Article

CHCF Gauges Interest in Piloting POLST Registry in California

To explore the challenges and benefits associated with creating a statewide registry for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), the California HealthCare Foundation (CHFC) has announced it will host a pilot program to test the registry concept in a single California community. To launch its pilot program, CHCF has issued two requests for information. First, the foundation seeks letters of interest (due Nov. 14) from potential pilot communities with the ability to convene acute care hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes, hospices, health plans and emergency medical services to test a registry platform. In addition, CHCF requests information from vendors (due Oct. 31) around the technology, operational and support services necessary to establish a POLST registry, as well as estimates of corresponding costs.

Currently, POLST forms – which give patients control over their end-of-life care – are printed and are intended to move with patients through their care with different providers. The process, however, can be difficult for providers, especially in emergency situations.