About LaPOST

about-lapost-imageCreated with input from health care and legal professionals across the state and approved in 2010 by the Louisiana Legislature as Act 954, the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) document is a best-practice model for patients with serious, advanced illnesses to state their preferences for end-of-life treatment in a physician's order.

Modeled after Oregon's Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm document, LaPOST was endorsed in in 2006 by the Louisiana State Medical Society and in July 2012 by the National Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm Task Force. It was also recommended by the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative's End-of-Life workgroup.

The LaPOST document improves communication between patients and doctors by providing the mechanism for those with serious, advanced illnesses to express their preferences about medical care, and because the document travels with them across health care settings, it ensures that those wishes are honored, regardless of their location.

Since its approval by the state legislature, the LaPOST document has continued to integrate into Louisiana's health care system, assisting patients and families and health care professionals in developing care plans that meet patients' specific needs and goals of care.

In order to continue this integration the Quality Forum’s has partnered with Vynca to allow health care providers across multiple care delivery continuums in Louisiana to electronically complete, store, and access patients’ end-of life wishes. This collaboration will help enhance the state’s current advance care planning program, which includes the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) form.
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Media Kit
If you would like to request additional information about LaPOST or schedule an interview with LaPOST representatives or LaPOST Coalition members, please contact Monique Tyler at 225.300.4825 or mtyler@lhcqf.org.

The following items may be helpful to you in developing story ideas related to LaPOST.
      LaPOST Fact Sheet
      Bio: Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair

If you would like to request a speaker to present LaPOST information or training at your health care facility, conference, organizational meeting or seminar, please contact Monique Tyler at 225.300.4825 or mtyler@lhcqf.org. Please include the date, location and host of the event and contact information for the event organizer.
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We wish to thank the many partners, both individuals and organizations, who served as members of the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative's End-of-Life Workgroup, which was tasked by the Louisiana Legislature after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to develop a better health care system for those with serious, advanced illnesses. 

Special thanks to the original LaPOST Coalition members:
  • CHRISTUS Health System
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
  • Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
  • Gulf States Association of Homes & Service for the Aging
  • Homecare Association of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Chapter of National Association of Social Workers
  • Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum
  • Louisiana Department of Health
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Legal Services
    • Office of Aging and Adult Services
    • Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
  • Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Louisiana Nursing Home Association
  • Louisiana State Coroners Association
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Nursing Association
  • Attorneys from Louisiana State Bar Association (Elder Law)
  • Physicians representing  Baton Rouge General Medical Center, CHRISTUS Health System, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, LSU Health Sciences Center, Ochsner Health System, Tulane Medical Center and VA Hospital


We also appreciate the National POLST Paradigm Task Force and its member organizations for sharing their knowledge and insight with us as we work to improve end-of-life care in Louisiana. 
If you or your organization would like to assist the LaPOST Coalition in its efforts to drive quality improvements in end-of-life care in our state, please contact Linda Morgan, LaPOST Project Director, at lmorgan@lhcqf.org for information.


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    For more information about obtaining access
    and setting up your organization for access to
    the LaPOST Registry please contact

    Monique Tyler
    LaPOST Project Coordinator

    Jody Marsh
    Practice Consultant

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