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05/07/2018

Understanding New and Emerging Issues Regarding Medical Decision-Making for Incapacitated Patients

I will leading a workshop at the 2018 MINNCLE Health Law Institute. My session is on day 1 (June 13) at 2:30 PM.


This is a highly interactive, small-group, advanced breakout discussion. We will address new and emerging issues regarding medical decision-making for incapacitated patients. We will place particular emphasis on two growing trends: (1) advance healthcare directives for receiving oral foods and fluids in dementia and (2) the growing population of unbefriended patients with no available surrogate decision maker. In the absence of affirmative legislative or judicial guidance on these issues, providers must develop institutional policies that balance patient rights and patient safety.




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