The Coalition for Quality at End-of-Life (CQEL) is convening their next meeting on Thursday, June 24th with a focus on updates from National and Pennsylvania POLST.
The session will also feature a presentation by Dr. Susan Tolle, Chair of the Oregon POLST Coalition and Director of the Center for Ethics in Healthcare. Dr. Tolle’s presentation “Aligning POLST Orders with Wishes: Time to Put Evidence into Practice” will discuss different states’ approaches to POLST quality assurance activities. The Journal of American Geriatrics Society recently published Dr. Tolle’s editorial of the same title which discusses the importance of implementing best practices and five considerations of POLST use. The publication can be accessed here and additional details about the figures in the article is provided in a brief video “Do Not Count POLST Forms” here.
If you are interested in attending the upcoming presentation, please RSVP to Nicole Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Healthcare Foundation & WQED Special
On February 24th, WQED hosted a virtual event which featured a screening of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation-produced documentary short What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care. The 20-minute documentary explores the causes behind the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care across the country. The documentary screening was followed by documentary screening followed by a national panel of experts to discuss current trends in long-term care, what it means for seniors and their families, and what changes need to occur to support seniors in the future. Speakers included:
Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Advisor for Aging, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Innovative Care in Aging
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO, John A. Hartford Foundation
Bill Thomas, MD, Founder and Chairman, Minka; Founder, Green House Project; and Co-founder, ChangingAging.org
Bobbi Jo Haden, Vice President Retirement Services, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network
Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President and CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
View a recording of the WQED screening and discussion here.
Palliative Care Resources
The Pennsylvania POLST website now has a link to access additional palliative care training modules as part of a Goals of Care Education Series. The training videos were developed by Drs. Julie Childers, Rene Claxton and Jane Schell and powered by VitalTalk to improve providers’ ability to have end-of-life conversations with patients and families. The recommended modules include:
Reframing and Responding to Emotion, Part of the Goals of Care Education Series
Mapping Values, Part of the Goals of Care Education Series
Aligning and Proposing a Plan, Part of the Goals of Care Education Series
National Healthcare Decisions Day
National Healthcare Decisions Day is a nationwide day of observance to promote conversation about healthcare decisions and encourage discussions about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day is Friday, April 16th and additional resources can be found here.
National POLST is hosting a five-part webinar series to promote the National POLST Technology Guide. The second webinar in the series on Tuesday, May 18th at 3:30pm EST will focus on how POLST is used by EMS and how technology can be improved. Register here or view the list of webinars on the National POLST website.
Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition is conducting a Pediatric Palliative Care Webinar Series to increase pediatric palliative care visibility and enhance clinician’s competency. You can register here for upcoming webinars including Big Pharma – Little People on Tuesday, April 20th at 3:00pm EST.