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Who Needs MOLST

Consider MOLST if the patient wants to avoid or receive any or all life-sustaining treatment; resides in a long-term care facility or requires long-term care services; or might die in the next year.

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How MOLST is Done

MOLST is based on communication between the patient and their physician. The 8-Step MOLST Protocol outlines the necessary steps.

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EMS Must Follow MOLST

MOLST guides treatment wherever an emergency occurs.

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Legislative Changes

Learn about new proposed NP legislation and the Health Care Proxy and eMOLST registry bill.

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Authority of Nurse Practitioners Expanded

Effective May 28, 2018, Family Health Care Decisions Act expands the authority of the nurse practitioner. Other NY laws have not changed.

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The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) program is designed to improve the quality of care seriously ill people receive at the end of life. MOLST is based on the patient’s current health status, prognosis, and goals for care. The discussion emphasizes shared medical decision-making that helps the patient understand what can and cannot be accomplished. The result is a set of medical orders that must be honored by all health care professionals in all settings. MOLST is New York’s endorsed National POLST Paradigm Program. For other states, visit POLST.org.

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