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Posted on January 20, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Like others, I have lamented (and here) the abject failure of the federal Patient Self Determination Act. Over the past thirty years, it has done little to improve the quantity or quality of advance care planning.

Seeking to fill this gap, New Jersey just enacted several laws that might be called a “mini-PSDA.”

S.B. 3118 (now ch. 315) establishes a public awareness campaign to promote early conversations about advance care planning and end-of-life care.

S.B. 3116 (awaiting signature) requires certain medical facilities to undertake end-of-life planning and training.

S.B. 3117 (awaiting signature) requires emergency departments to take certain measures concerning palliative care for patients.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

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