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PCPRV Receives Grant to Implement POST

(Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment)


The Palliative Care Partnership of the Roanoke Valley has received a $22,000 Geriatric Training and Education (GTE) Initiative Grant from the Virginia Center for Aging for a pilot project to implement the Physicians’ Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form in the Roanoke Valley.


A POST form is a set of physician-signed orders which communicates

and implements patient preferences for end-of-life treatment.


The form is transferable across treatment settings

of participating health care agencies.


A POST form may be appropriate for people who are either

terminally ill or are seriously ill with chronic, progressive disease.


Agencies participating in this project include:

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Friendship Health & Rehab Center

Richfield Recovery and Care Center

Carilion Clinics Hospice – Roanoke

Good Samaritan Hospice -- Roanoke

Amedisys Hospice

Medi Home Health & Hospice


Ultimately, the PCPRV hopes this project will be a catalyst for adopting the POST form and process on a statewide level similar to other states, including West Virginia and Oregon.



For more information about the PCPRV project contact:

Laura Pole at





Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

By Pam Belluck

AUG. 30, 2014

Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.