Last week, the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care outlined policy options for the 2018 General Assembly Session. Among the eight staff reports was one on medical futility conflicts.
A proposed amendment to the Virginia Code would clarify that clinicians may withdraw/withhold life-sustaining treatment after 14 days if no transfer is possible. The JCHC recommends limiting this to not apply to artificial food and nutrition.
The proposed amendment also creates liability protections for physicians who abide by process requirements. The JCHC recommends that following process requirements creates presumption of standard of care (civil liability) and protects from criminal liability absent gross negligence.