The SC POST PILOT: an improved patient-centered approach to end of life care

The South Carolina POST Pilot Project began on April 16, 2014, and was developed by the South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill.

The Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST), which is the SC version of the national Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program. Both are approaches to end-of-life planning based on conversations between patients, loved ones, and health care professionals designed to ensure that seriously ill or frail patients can choose the treatments they want or do not want and that their wishes are documented and honored.

The South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill is comprised of the following organizations: the South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association, the South Carolina Nurses Association, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Healthcare Association, Leading Age South Carolina, South Carolina Citizens Concerned for Life, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Healthcare Ethics Network, the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, the SC Society of Chaplains, LifePoint, AARP, and the South Carolina Office on Aging.

The Coalition believes that POST is a needed next step in providing excellent communication between seriously ill patients in South Carolina and their physicians, as well as identifying the active voice for their health care decisions.

The pilot will be administered in two counties, Charleston and Greenville. In Greenville it will include the Greenville Hospital System and Bon Secours Hospital. In Charleston, it will include the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper St. Francis. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reviewed and approved the POST pilot so that the form can be honored by EMS.

04-24-2014 04:13 (EDT)