POLST is an acronym that stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. POLST helps give seriously ill patients more control over the medical treatment they receive. The Alaska POLST Form guides discussions between patients, their families, their physician, and their healthcare team about treatment wishes in instances of serious illness.

Regulations instituting a POLST paradigm have been adopted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; the next step is for DHSS to develop protocols and procedures to help guide the implementation. DHSS estimates implementation of the POLST in Alaska will begin in December 2021 or January 2022. Education for hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, home health/hospice will be provided as implementation gets closer.  

> Get more details: Alaska POLST Program Guide

> Visit the National POLST site.

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