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About Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

The family of Jahi McMath dismissed their state medical malpractice lawsuit in September 2018. After Jahi's death on circulatory criteria, the value of the case dropped to within settlement range. But the family had continued their federal lawsui...

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While other states (notably Maine, New Jersey, and New Mexico) are working toward legalizing medical aid in dying; Montana is moving toward delegalizing it.  On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the House voted to legislatively overrule the 2009 Baxte...

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Many state legislatures are considering "Simon's Law" bills this session. South Dakota H.B. 1055 has unanimously passed the House and is now in the Senate. "Like other bills a parental objection "precludes the physician from instituting an o...

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The Montana Legislature is considering a bill that would re-criminalize medical aid in dying after 10 years of decriminalization. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.B. 284 / L.C. 2356. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote on s...

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The Citizen's League has just released a 50-page report, Backup Plan for Solos: Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone. I was delighted to play a small role.

"As people age, they often need assistance with health care decisions. Historically, family members have provided such assistance. It is not always clear who can and will be available to assist those aging alone or to serve as their health decision agents if they cannot speak for themselves. Without a plan or a supportive infrastructure, “solos” are at risk for lack of care, sub-optimal care, or care that goes against their wishes."

The Citizens League and its partners challenged the Task Force to discover, analyze, and make recommendations directed at the following overarching goal:

"Stimulate the development of a supportive infrastructure to help solo adults, particularly older solo adults, successfully navigate health-related events and, therefore, be less likely to become vulnerable adults—with its accompanying loss of self-determination for the individual and high costs to society."


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The Death with Dignity National Center has summarized MAID in the 2019 legislative session. Bills in New Mexico and New Jersey have already passed key committees. Below, the green states are where MAID is already legal. The tan states are where bills ...

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Washington State Medical Association



At the End of Life: Agency, Role and Responsibilities of the Physician/Advanced Practitioner


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Registration is open for this national, two-day conference, Sept. 13-14, 2019, in Seattle.

 

Physicians and advanced practitioners have the privilege and duty to care for patients at the end of life. Sometimes their actions factor into a patient’s death; such as discontinuing life support (including ventilators, cardiac devices, and dialysis), clinically supporting patients who voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), providing palliative sedation, and in states where it is legal, prescribing a lethal dose of medication to a dying patient. These cases have clinical, legal, ethical, sociocultural, and psychological dimensions that are often challenging for physicians and advanced practitioners to navigate.

 

At this conference, we'll set the stage for ongoing discussion of these practices and the issues physicians and advanced practitioners caring for dying patients often face as both medical technology and patients’ requests for planned death evolve.

 

The Washington End of Life Coalition—sponsored by the WSMA Foundation—is partnering with UW Medicine Department of Bioethics & Humanities, UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, and UW School of Law to present this national conference on the physician/advanced practitioner’s agency, role and responsibilities at the end of life.

 

The event will be held Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Please take a moment to forward this email to your colleagues who may be interested in attending.

 





  
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In late 2018, over 5000 physicians across 30 specialties participated in the latest Medscape Internist Ethics Report. As with all Medscape surveys, there are interesting results. I want to flag just one. Over 83% of physicians agree that terminally...

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Nearly nine months after the close of briefing, the Texas First District Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Kelly v. Houston Methodist Hospital. The court set the cause for submission on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 10:30 AM. The case cha...

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Nearly nine months after the close of briefing, the Texas First District Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Kelly v. Houston Methodist Hospital. The court set the cause for submission on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 10:30 AM. The case cha...

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