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IPOST - Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment

IPOST Mission and Vision

Mission: To promote community care coordination and advanced care planning

Vision: Seamless communication and execution of individual patient care choices across the healthcare continuum

IPOST legislation signing
IPOST legislation signing


The IPOST pilot project began in Cedar Rapids in late 2008 as a result of legislative language included in House File 2165. In 2010, the project was extended with a rural pilot authorized in Jones County.

The model created an Iowa version of the national POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) movement. The local IPOST projects were legislatively required to report to a statewide advisory council charged with making recommendations to the State Legislature. The State Advisory Council had 16 members representing various areas within the health care field.

On July 1, 2012, Iowa Code Chapter 144D - Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment - was signed into law.