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The MOLST/POLST Form - Understanding Why It Exists

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

Nationally, it is called the POLST, an acronym for Portable medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. On the state level, it is mostly known as the MOLST, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. In either case, it has the same intent, and the form is portable, meaning that the order is valid outside the medical office, similar to a physician's prescription. But before we move on, it's important to put this blog into some context and why we decided to publish this now.

Completing the form

Late last week, certified elder law Attorney RJ Connelly III, gave a presentation to a group of seniors about advance directives, living wills, and the POLST/MOLST form. During the presentation, a handful