End of Life Planning Program Focusing on Long Island

The IPRO-led Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN) has initiated a project aimed at educating the public and providers on advance care planning that empowers seniors facing end of life. AQIN will provide technical support to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, emergency medical services, and physician practices on Long Island for adoption, training and implementation on MOLST and eMOLST. MOLST is New York State’s Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Paradigm Program. The program emphasizes effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on brightly colored forms to ensure visibility, and a promise by healthcare professionals to honor these wishes. eMOLST is a secure web-based application that allows form completion by individuals with developmental disabilities. The project will also educate Medicare beneficiaries and their families/caregivers on the importance of advance care planning, terminology used by medical professionals, and how to communicate with healthcare professionals about their end of life wishes as well as prepare documentation to ensure wishes are properly carried out. For more infor-mation regarding the project, contact Project Lead Sara Butterfield, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CCM at Sara.Butterfield@areai.hcqis.org or (518) 426-3300, ext. 104.