Meeting Archive:
The Association of POLST Use with Positive Advance Care Planning Outcomes: Insights from the West Virginia Registry

Meeting Description:
Please join us for a webinar presentation by Woody Moss, MD, Evan Falkenstine, and Courtney Dunithan, MSW, LGSW from the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, home of the West Virginia Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) Program.  Presenters will share and discuss insights from the West Virginia Registry, including:
  • Higher out-of-hospital death rate compared to advance directives
  • Higher referral to hospice compared to advance directives
  • Completion by physicians and APRNs in multiple settings
  • System-wide knowledge of a patient’s treatment wishes
Date: Thu, Dec 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Hanna Nelson
 Presenter Information
Woody Moss, MD
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Dr. Moss is a Professor of Medicine in the Sections of Nephrology and Supportive Care at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is the Director of the WV University Center for Health Ethics and Law, the founding Executive Director of the WV Network of Ethics Committees, and the WV Center for End-of-Life Care. 


He chaired the Renal Physicians Association workgroup that revised the clinical practice guideline: Shared Decision-Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis. He chaired the End-Stage Renal Disease Peer Workgroup funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that developed the Completing the Continuum of Nephrology Care: Recommendations to the Field report on kidney palliative care. Dr. Moss has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Renal Physicians Association and the Medal of Excellence Award from the American Association of Kidney Patients.


His research interests include dialysis ethics and improving care at the end of life. 


Courtney Dunithan, MSW, LGSW
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Courtney Dunithan, MSW, LGSW is the Executive Director of the WV Center for End-of-Life Care. Dunithan received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from WVU in May 2010 and prior to working at the WV Center for End-of-Life Care, she worked as a medical social worker at WVU Medicine ambulatory clinics. Dunithan serves as an education committee member for the Hospice Council of WV and she is a David K Brown Scholar through the WV Geriatric Education Center and has completed the AGES program. Dunithan enjoys volunteering for the National MS Society.

Evan Falkenstine
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Evan Falkenstine is the Data Manager for the e-Directive Registry. He is a Morgantown native and graduate from WVU. Evan has been working to develop and administer the e-directive Registry since he began working for the WV Center for End-of-Life Care in 2011.