Palliative and End of Life Care

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What's New

Governor Signs End of Life Care Bill
Governor Christie signed legislation on 12/21/11 that will enable patients to indicate their preferences regarding life-sustaining treatment. The law calls for the creation of a standardized Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form that is signed by a patient's attending physician or advanced practice nurse and provides instructions for health care personnel to follow for a range of life-prolonging interventions.This form becomes part of a patient's medical records, following the patient from one healthcare setting to another, including hospital, home, nursing home, or hospice. View the Legislation

Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care:
On 8/18/2011 Governor Christie signed legislation establishing the NJ Advisory Council on End-of life Care within DOH. The 21 member council will study quality, cost and access, and make recommendations for policy changes. As its primary mission, the council will promote the dignified and respectful treatment of patients undergoing end-of life care. View the legislation.

If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Council please visit the Governor's Office Boards, Commissions and Authorities webpage.

New Jersey Advance Directives for Health Care Act (NJSA 26:2H-53) [pdf 59k]