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MOLST Infomation

Thursday, January 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Moe Casey
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In 2012, Council Executive Director Lisa Gurgone was appointed to serve on the Community Education Outreach Work Group for the Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments (MOLST) Initiative. Below is an email this committee has developed to share information with MOLST throughout the community.  The Council plans to host a presentation on MOLST for our members at an upcoming board meeting.  If your organization is affiliated with a hospice that has been actively involved in the implementation of MOLST to date and would like to share your experiences during this presentation, please let me know.

Important update about MOLST - Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

A collaborative initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Commonwealth Medicine at UMass Medical School

MOLST is a standardized process and form that a clinician can sign to convert patients’ preferences about life-sustaining treatments into medical orders to be honored across health care settings and in patients’ homes.  Using MOLST is a voluntary decision for patients with advanced illness under a clinician’s care. 

The Massachusetts Expert Panel on End of Life Care Report of 2010 has called for statewide access to MOLST use by 2014.  You can help advance this important goal if you:

1) Encourage all adults ages 18 or older to sign a health care proxy form to appoint their health care agent; and

2) Visit the MOLST website at to:

* Learn more about MOLST for yourself;

* Watch a short MOLST video featuring patients, families, health providers and clergy;

* Get on-line MOLST training for health professionals and/or patient education materials;

* Begin writing MOLST policy, if your organization provides clinical care; and

* Refer your colleagues, local health providers and networks to learn about MOLST.

Please visit the MOLST website soon for these and other resources and tools to help you join us on the forefront of expanding MOLST availability to patients with advanced illness throughout Massachusetts.