The Massachusetts legislature enacted Section 43 of its Acts of 2008 to require the establishment of a Massachusetts MOLST demonstration program. Section 43 reads as follows:
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the commission on end-of-life care established by section 480 of chapter 159 of the acts of 2000, shall establish a pilot program to test the implementation of the physician order for life-sustaining treatment paradigm program to assist individuals in communicating end-of-life care directives across care settings in at least 1 region of the commonwealth. The pilot program shall include educational outreach to patients, families, caregivers and health care providers regarding the physician order for life-sustaining treatment paradigm program. The executive office of health and human services, in conjunction with the end-of-life commission, shall develop measures to test the success of the pilot program and make recommendations for the establishment of a state-wide program.