Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment: What Estate Planning, Elder Law and Health LawAttorneys and Health Professionals Need to Know About the POLST Paradigm - CLE, Continuing Legal Education - ALI
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment: What Estate Planning, Elder Law and Health Law Attorneys and Health Professionals Need to Know About the POLST Paradigm
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Available Online: Online CLE | MP3 Audio Files | Coursebook


ACTEC Logo The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.

Why You Should Attend


The newest health care decision-making tool intended to carry out the wishes of persons at or near the end of life is the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). POLST programs are designed to enhance communication between doctor and patient and ensure that the patient’s medical care reflects both the patient’s wishes and a well-informed, shared decision-making process.


Despite the fact that 19 states by statute or regulation have adopted POLST programs and 24 other states are evaluating or developing POLST programs, most estate planners, elder lawyers and health lawyers are not yet well informed about the POLST. Do you understand the essentials?


Register today for this CLE webcast on POLST programs so you can join leading practitioners, Fellows of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a geriatrician member of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force for an in depth discussion on the development of POLST programs, their impact on end-of-life care, and how this relates to you, your clients, and your practice.

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What You Will Learn


Topics include:

the POLST and why we need it

how the POLST fits in with the law governing health care powers of attorney, living wills, guardianship and health care decision-making

difference among the POLST, Advance Health Care Directives, and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

common law and constitutional basis for patient self-determination

legislative and practice responses to effectuate patient rights

development of the POLST programs and potential concerns

how POLST works in the health care system

the role of the estate planner and elder lawyer in all of this

legislative issues and choices for states wishing to implement a POLST program

the POLST as a useful and proper tool to effectuate our constitutional rights


Questions submitted during the program will be answered live by the faculty. In addition, all registrants will receive a set of downloadable course materials and free access to the archived online program.

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Who Should Attend

This accredited ALI CLE program is designed for estate planning, elder law and health law attorneys, as well as medical professionals and health care workers.

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Robert B. Wolf, Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf, and Moore, Pittsburgh, PA (Moderator)


Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, Highmark, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA


Keith Bradoc “Brad” Gallant, Day Pitney LLP, New Haven, CT


Marilyn J. Maag, Porter Wright, Cincinnati, OH

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Program Schedule

All Times Eastern

12:30 p.m.  Program Begins

  2:00 p.m.  Program Ends

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 1.5; Total 50-minute hours 1.8

Suggested Prerequisite: Two to four years’ experience in subject matter

Educational Objective: Acquisition of knowledge and skills to develop proficiency as a practitioner; maintenance of professional competence as a practitioner; provision of information on recent legal developments

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Click Here for MCLE Credit Information

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Here's what registrants have said about this course:

"Great program."

"Having a doctor participate was critical to the full understanding of the material. I really believe we got everything we needed on the topic -- even including suggestions on what legislation should look like in states that don 't yet have POLST or MOLST laws. This was a really good program."

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Eastern 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Central 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Mountain 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Pacific & Arizona 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Alaska 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Hawaii 6:30 am to 8:00 am

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