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.
What You Will Learn
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.
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.
Robert B. Wolf, Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf, and Moore, Pittsburgh, PA (Moderator)
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
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.