AMDA Polst

Angie SzumlinskiNews


Press Release

July 2, 2020

Columbia, MD, and Washington, DC – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and National POLST are excited to announce that AMDA is the first national organization to formally endorse and support the adoption of a national POLST form. The AMDA board passed the resolution originally introduced by its Pennsylvania, California, and Ohio state chapters.

The form was created because a single form—as opposed to just form reciprocity—will make it easier, among other things:

  • For providers to recognize a POLST form and how to correctly interpret and follow POLST form orders, thereby enabling them to honor patient treatment preferences
  • To conduct research and quality assurance activities, creating shared data for generalizable knowledge and ability to improve POLST
  • To more broadly educate patients and providers about POLST so the process and form are understood and appropriately implemented consistently everywhere

While not solely for emergencies, the POLST form is valuable in communicating to EMS providers whether the patient wants CPR or not and whether they want to be transported to the hospital or remain in place and made comfortable. Therefore, the POLST form itself must be immediately recognizable to all EMS providers and healthcare professionals—and be able to be honored by all—in order to reach its full value to patients.

“POLST exists to provide seriously ill or frail patients a tool to communicate their treatment preferences as they transition across care settings or travel throughout the United States,” says Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, executive director of National POLST. “We appreciate AMDA’s support of National POLST and our vision of improving patient care and control over their medical treatment through a greater consistency of process using a single form.”

“Our Board of Directors is pleased to support the adoption of a national POLST form that includes standardized data elements and hope others in our setting will join us,” says Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, executive director of AMDA. “We look forward to educating practitioners, as well as patients and their families, on using the form, as well as working with other organizations to support legislation and regulatory action that will allow POLST orders to be followed across state lines.”