By Patricia A Bomba, MD, FACP
IPRO hosted a successful launch of the "Transforming End-of-Life Care Initiative" on January 19. The IPRO Learning & Action Network Conference, “Transforming End of Life Care: Implementing MOLST and eMOLST Across the Healthcare Continuum” was attended by 130 clinicians from Nassau and Suffolk counties. I was honored to educate attendees on the MOLST program and introduce eMOLST. Janet Dolgin, Esq. described the CHAT Project (Conversations: Health and Treatment.) Attorney Dolgin is Director, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, Hofstra University School of Law.
As a follow-up to the conference, IPRO is hosting a free two hour webinar, “Digital Transformation of NY MOLST: An End-of-life Care Transitions Program on February 2. The webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of eMOLST. Attendees are encouraged to invite colleagues and facility leaders to participate in the learning session to view the demonstration of eMOLST to support the team in moving forward with a community-wide approach to advance care planning.
Both the Nassau District and Suffolk District of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) are partnering with IPRO to each present an educational program, “Care of the Elderly.” Each session will begin with registration and a viewing of the PBS Frontline Documentary Being Mortal with Atul Gawande MD MPH and include my presentation “Digital Transformation of New York MOLST: An End-of-life Care Transitions Program.” Julie Winokur, Executive Director, Talking Eyes Media will speak on “The Sandwich Generation” as part of the Nassau District meeting.
A palliative care panel discussion will follow. District members of NYACP will serve as panelists. In Nassau County, joining me are Maria Carney, MD, FACP and Julie Winokur. Panelists in Suffolk County include Jeffrey Berger, MD, FACP, Jay Slotkin, MD, FACP, David Siskind, MD, DABFP, CMD, Lynn Hallarman, MD and Jennifer Heinemann, LMSW.
Maria Carney, MD, FACP, Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Northwell Health and member of the Executive Committee of the MOLST Statewide Implementation Team. Jeffrey Berger, MD, FACP is Director of Clinical Ethics, Winthrop-University Hospital. Jay Slotkin, MD, FACP, Physician, East End Geriatric & Adult Medicine. David Siskind, MD, DABFP, CMD is Medical Director, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Lynn Hallarman, MD is Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Jennifer Heinemann, LMSW is a Palliative Medicine Social Worker; both are at Stony Brook Medicine.
IPRO, NY-based leader of the Atlantic Quality Improvement Network (AQIN), has received special funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the “Transforming End-of-Life Care Initiative,” a two-year project that will provide technical support to healthcare providers throughout the length of the project, in order to facilitate the adoption, training in and implementation of eMOLST.