Thanks to The John A. Hartford Foundation for providing support for our webinars 2017 through present. In addition, the 2021 POLST Technology webinars series (and CEs offered for them) are being made possible by Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. The POLST Toolkit Webinars in 2017 were supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Finally, thanks to The Retirement Research Foundation, the Archstone Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation, National POLST was able to record its 2015 and 2016 webinar series.

2021 POLST Technology Webinar Recordings


The POLST Technology Guide Project

Understand POLST, how it differs from advance directives, and fits into advance care planning. Learn about the Technology Guide Project and its evaluation of the current state of technology on a state and federal level. Learn why we should be paying attention to POLST technologies. (04/13/21, 52 min. including questions)


When someone dials 911: how EMS uses POLST orders.

Learn how EMS actually uses POLST forms in the field. Discover why technology is a challenge for EMS, including QR codes and phone apps. Learn how wearables can help EMS staff, about hybrid solutions for EMS staff, and what can be done to help improve technology for state and federal EMS. (05/18/21, 60 min. including questions)


Interoperability: Sharing POLST across systems.

An overview of HL7 POLST CDA. Learn about FHIR, and how it relates to POLST technological interoperability. (06/15/21, 58 min. including questions)


POLST Registries: considerations for states.

Learn what it takes to create a registry, and how POLST technological interoperability is affected by integrating POLST into HIEs and creation of a registry. Why is national registry is not being considered? (09/14/21, 61 min. including questions)


EHRs: how to advocate for POLST inclusion in patient workflows.

Learn what role Electronic Health Records, or EHRs, play in POLST technological interoperability. How to advocate for POLST inclusion into EHRs at a system level. Explore what is being offered and what is possible with Cerner and Epic systems. (10/12/21, 60 min. including questions)

2020 Webinars

How we adopted and are using the National POLST Form

Three states—Arizona, Maine, and New Hampshire—have officially adopted the National POLST Form, and many others are considering doing so. Learn from the POLST leaders in these states what it took and what lessons they can share. (12/09/20, 60 min. including questions).

Avoiding conflicts between Advance Directives and POLST

In many states, legislation does not adequately resolve which document should be followed if an advance directive and POLST do not agree. Learn from Arizona POLST leaders Sandy Severson and Vicki Buchda how their coalition successfully navigated this problem through education and promotion of alignment of all advance care planning documents (11/18/20, 60 min. including questions).

The Devil is in the Details: A case based argument for advance care planning registries

This webinar presented by Chelsey Patten, DBe, will make a case for the creation of advance care planning registries by exploring the limitations of the electronic health record in capturing details related to both advance directives and POLST (1/9/2020, 36 min. including questions).

2019 Webinars

National POLST Form: Materials, Q&A, and Next Steps

Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, presented this as an opportunity for POLST leaders to hear about the process of creating the national form, discuss next steps and opportunities for future research, and ask questions. (11/21/2019, 38 min. including questions).

Redesigning Patient Care Using eMOLST

Christine Wilkins, PhD, LCSW, discusses how one large health care system in New York City implemented the use of POLST (5/23/2019, 56 min. including questions).

2018 Webinars

Health Information Exchange (HIE) and POLST Integration

Allen Abshire, Director of Health Information Technology Operations at the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and Ryan Van Wert, MD, CEO & Co-Founder of Vynca discussed POLST and HIE integration in Louisiana. (9/27/2018, 36 min. including questions).

How POLST fits within Advance Care Planning

Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, explained how POLST fits within Advance Care Planning to the Slow Medicine Facebook Group (8/23/2018, 31 min. including questions).

POLST Technology Consensus Project: State Approaches to Registries

Dana Zive, MPH, presented an overview the state POLST registries (6/12/18, 30 min.).

POLST Technology Consensus Project: An Overview of POLST

Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, presented an overview of National POLST (5/22/18, 13 min. including questions).

Patient and Surrogate Preferences on the Massachusetts MOLST Form

Elizabeth Chen, PhD, MBA, MPH, discussed Massachusetts MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form data from ~300 MOLSTs, including differences found when physicians (MDs, DOs) vs. advance practice clinicians (PAs or NPs), as well as surrogates vs. patients signed them (1/25/18, 43 min. including questions).

2017 Webinars

POLST and Advance Care Planning outcomes: Insights from the WV Registry

Woody Moss, MD, Evan Falkenstine, and Courtney Dunithan, MSW, LGSW from the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, home of the West Virginia Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) Program. Presenters share and discuss insights from the West Virginia Registry (12/7/17, 60 min. including questions).

Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds as a source of POLST Program funding

Richard Cohen, MD, Judy Eads, RN, and Susan Nelson, MD, discuss their experience with Civil Money Penalty Funds. (11/8/17, 46 min. including questions)

Integrating the Oregon POLST Registry (OPR) with the Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Dana Zive, MPH, Director of the Oregon POLST Registry, explains how HIE is used to make patient POLST data instantly available to Emergency Department health care professionals statewide via the Oregon POLST Registry. (10/18/17, 40 min. including questions)

2017 POLST Care Continuum Toolkit Webinars

POLST Toolkit: Overview

Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, Executive Director of National POLST, introduces the POLST Care Continuum Toolkit series. (4/6/17, 35 min.)

POLST Toolkit: Primary Care Practice

Patricia Bomba, MD, and Kathryn Borgenicht, MD, discuss POLST in the Primary Care Practice. (4/13/17, 63 min.)

POLST Toolkit: Emergency Medical Services

Paramedics Angela Fera, BA, and Katrina Altenhofen, MPH, discuss EMS and POLST (5/3/17, 27 min.)

POLST Toolkit: Hospital (inpatient)

Suzanne Labriola, DO, presents POLST implementation in the inpatient hospital setting. (5/11/17, 36 min.)

POLST Toolkit: Nursing Homes

Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, and Nicole Peterson, DNP, ARNP discuss POLST in the nursing home setting. (6/8/17, 70 min.)

POLST Toolkit: Hospice

Kandyce Powell, RN, MSN and Jane Dohrmann, LISW, ACHP-SW, discuss POLST implementation in the hospice setting. (6/13/17, 60 min.)

2016 Webinars

New York’s MOLST and eMOLST Program (2016)

Pat Bomba, MD, FACP, and Katie Orem, MPH present The Digital Transformation of NY MOLST an End-of-life Care Transition Program. (5/25/16, 59 min.)

Cultivating Meaningful Conversations (2016)

Elizabeth Hart, MD, co-founder of the Maine POLST Coalition, with Rhonda Selvin, APRN, CNP, investigates how providers in Maine are incorporating POLST into their practices. For those considering or are already using POLST, but haven’t had extensive POLST training. (9/6/16, 60 min.)

Frailty and Mortality – How are They Linked? (2016)

Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD, addresses common definitions of frailty, how frailty and disability differ, the risks of frailty, and evidence that frailty shortens life expectancy. (9/16/16, 50 min.)

2015 Webinars

POLST: What’s New and How Can We Do Better? (2015)

Susan Tolle, MD, and Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan, MD, discuss why POLST and Advanced Directives are an essential part of comprehensive, patient-centered care. Dr. Tolle provides data on how POLST works and the variation in use of the POLST registry. Guest presenters discuss their workflow and staff training, and how primary care practices might partner with community organizations to implement routine use of POLST. You are strongly encouraged to watch the 4-minute Understanding POLST video first (POLST Education Videos » Overviews). (5/18/15, 62 min.)

Creating, Developing and Sustaining POLST Programs (2015)

Melissa Bierman, BS, HTR, MHT, Kylan Husling, Jawanza Hadley and Alicia Garrison, four Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Masters of Science in Healthcare Management students, created a National POLST Program Development Guide. This guide provides a thorough overview of the various ways that POLST Programs are structured, developed, and maintained. (5/18/15, 26 min.)

EMS’s Vital Role with POLST (2015)

Angela Fera, NREMT, explains the role of EMS within POLST, including: Why EMS wants POLST; How EMS protocols affect patients in the absence of a POLST Form; What EMS agencies must do to participate in POLST. (6/17/15, 50 min.)

ePOLST Implementation Process and Lessons Learned (2015)

Dana Zive (Oregon POLST Registry), Doug Clauder (Oregon Health & Science University), Kenneth Gridley (Oregon Health & Science University), Matt Lower (Epic Systems) and Ryan Van Wert, MD (Vynca) discuss Oregon’s experience with getting ePOLST up and running, and what states should consider if they wish to propose and plan for ePOLST at their facility. (10/20/15, 48 min.)

The Role of POLST in the Care of People with Dementia (2015)

Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD, discusses POLST and advance care planning in the context of dementia, including Alzheimer disease and other dementias. He also explains the typical disease progression for dementia patients, how it is measured, and how it can affect the timing of advance care planning, plus surprising evidence supporting the involvement of dementia patients in the POLST process. (11/17/15, 58 min.)