Brightspots: What Works in Health Care
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Brightpots features front line health care professionals sharing their replicable and successful innovations to improve patient experience, reduce cost, address population health or increase provider satisfaction.
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POLST - Rob Hunold
Sep 26 16
POLST, which stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, is a type of advance directive that patients who may have less than a year to live can use to inform providers about their treatment wishes. Dr. Rob Hunold had read numerous studies on the impact of POLST, and discovered that it had a major positive impact on patient outcomes and cost. So, he set out on a campaign to increase the number of patients in his practice who had completed POLST forms. He pulled it off, but only with perseverence and personal sacrifice.