MOLST Workshop

MOLST: Meeting the Challenge

Honoring Choices MA & The Massachusetts Medical Society


April 24, 2017,  9:30 - Noon

The Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

MOLST, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, is a powerful tool for frail and seriously ill adults, to make informed end of life care choices, record their choices, and be assured their choices will be honored at home, on transfer, and across all care settings. Our challenge is to build a collaborative MOLST process that is responsive to an adult’s changing health needs and that honors choices all through their health journey and at the end of life.


Welcome & Opening Remarks by

James S. Gessner, MD

President of Massachusetts Medical Society



Come join state leaders and care professionals to discuss best practices & implementation challenges to consistently know & honor an individual's choices at home, on transfer, and across all care settings.


Engage in Round Table Discussions

Following the panel, share your expertise and suggest ways to improve the MOLST form;  to ‘build your team’ to engage adults & families in discussions; and align your protocols & policy measures to consistently provide quality person-centered care. Together we’ll generate shared guiding principles and next steps.

Be Part of the Discussion. Let's do this together.

What You'll Learn

  • Fact vs. Myth: MA law & state regulations
  • MOLST Form: Understanding choices, making it valid
  • Build a Team: The role & decision-making authority of physicians, care providers, Agents, Guardians & caregivers
  • Tools for effective, culturally sensitive discussions
  • Strategies to align our protocols & policy measures


Date: Monday April 24, 2017

Time: 9:30-Noon

Place: The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, 860 Winter St., Waltham

Fee: $55.00. Continental breakfast & materials

EMS fee: $35.00, 2.5 CE Credits offered

MOLST: Meeting the Challenge Workshops across the Commonwealth!

Honoring Choices is working closely with our Partners in a year-long initiative to invite every consumer and care provider to take part in an open dialogue about MOLST and the serious illness journey.


For Consumers: We are planning consumer events with our 6 Regional Community Partners Networks to understand the consumer experience. More information to come.


For Care Providers:  We are co-hosting a series of four workshops throughout the state. "MOLST: Meeting the Challenge" Workshops are scheduled:


• April 24 in Waltham;

• June 1 in Cape Cod;

• September 19 in Holyoke;

• Late Fall Worcester Workshop (TBA).


We welcome multi-disciplined care professionals to share their expertise and suggestions. We are delighted to offer a special admission fee and CE Credits to Emergency Medical Services personnel whose work is integral to a responsive MOLST process. COME JOIN US! For for information, contact Ellen DiPaola, President,


Discussion Guides & Planning Tools

For Care Providers:  Here are some tools for effective discussions all through an adult's health care journey.


Who's Your Agent? Program Tools & Discussion  Guides

Honoring Choices helps consumers and care providers work together for effective and meaningful health care planning discussions for person-centered care at every phase of health.  Care providers and their staff can help patients and clients to start a planning discussion using the "Getting Started Tool Kit", and build on planning discussions and choices for quality care with the "Next Steps Tool Kit". Download free easy to use tool kits and 3 discussion guides for effective discussions at every phase of health.


•  Getting Started Tool Kit

•  Next Steps Tool Kit

"5 Things to Talk About With your Patients & Clients";

Download 3 Guides: 1. Goals of Care Discussion, 2. Managing Chronic Illness Discussion, and 3. Living with Serious illness Discussion.


Serious Illness Conversation Guide

Ariadne Labs helps clinicians and care professionals talk with patients and families about living with serious advancing illness to  "elicit important information from your patients about their goals and values: setting up the conversation, assessing the patient’s illness understanding and information preferences, sharing prognosis, exploring key topics, and closing and documenting the conversation." Read more and download the Serious Illness Conversation Guide here.


Join  the "Community of Practice"

The Serious Illness Care Community of Practice is a private space for collaboration between interdisciplinary teams implementing the Serious Illness Care Program at their institutions. This virtual community provides implementation support through peer mentoring, sharing of experiences and lessons learned, downloadable materials, videos, and webinars. To join, go to, click the Register button to complete the registration, and then select to join the Serious Illness Care Community of Practice. If you are encountering issues while attempting to join the community, please contact us at:


The Conversation Project Starter Kit

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. They developed the Conversation Starter Kit "as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care." They offer several starter kits in multiple languages. Read more and download the free kits here.