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06/25/2015

SCOTUS Has Ruled on Obamacare. So What’s Next?

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court Thursday spared the Affordable Care Act from what would have been a death blow. The Court’s action upholds the right of the federal government to subsidize low-income Americans who purchase health insurance through … Continue reading

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06/25/2015

Mandatory Vaccinations???

In an earlier post, I argued that laws that allowed parents to refuse vaccinations on religious but not “philosophical” grounds, were incoherent and unconstitutional. I am happy to see that California is set to end both types of exemptions. The only remaining exemption would be for medical reasons. Unfortunately, the penalty for not vaccinating a […]

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06/25/2015

What Physicians Can Learn from Veterinarians

A while back, I linked to a story by Rebecca Plevin, out of California Public Radio, on the challenge of discussing health care costs.  Well, she has tuned up that piece and placed it on Marketplace. Here is a print … Continue reading

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06/25/2015

Hospice Stamp [EOL in Art 46]

In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Hospice Care Commerative Stamp to help raise awareness about hospice.

The stamp was designed by veteran stamp designer Phil Jordan to symbolize life’s journey to its final stage, the stage where Hospice lends its vision for end-of-life care.  The Hospice stamp features a large green field in front and a tree beside a while house, with a large yellow and red butterfly flying above. 


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06/25/2015

SNF Fined $400,000 for Blindly Following the Surrogate

Earlier this week, I wrote about a recent CMS investigation in which a hospital wrongly looked to a surrogate even though the patient still had capacity to make her own healthcare decisions.  Today, I summarize a similar case from the DHHS Departmental Appeals Board in which the facility was fine nearly $400,000.

NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown is a skilled nursing facility.  It confined one of its residents and restricted her access to members of her family and others.  NMS did this at the request of the resident's daughter even though there was no medical or other basis for doing so.

The ALJ observed:  "A skilled nursing facility is not excused of its obligations to provide care by the fact that a resident or someone on the resident’s behalf demands that the facility provide a certain type or level of care. The regulations governing skilled nursing facilities do not allow facilities to abdicate their responsibilities to residents in order to cater to the whims of residents’ family members, whether or not they have POAs."

"Moreover, a facility is not inherently a neutral arbiter. There can be a conflict of interest between a facility and its resident. . . . Resident # 4 generated a steady stream of revenue to Petitioner . . . .  Given that potential conflict of interest it was incumbent on Petitioner to be scrupulously neutral in dealing with the resident. Simply going along with JF’s wishes in this case – without independently assessing the resident to determine whether confining her and restricting her access to visitors was appropriate – was anything but neutral."

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06/24/2015

Aid in Dying – Minnesota

To follow-up on yesterday's Minnesota Public Radio show on MN Senator Chris Eaton aid-in-dying, I collect some relevant resources below. Minnesota is one of nearly 30 states, this year, to consider legislation legalizing aid in dying.  Here ...

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06/24/2015

Your New Liver Is Only A Learjet Away: First Of Three Parts

The forty million dollar Gulfstream jet landed at Memphis International airport in the early morning hours, its schedule hastily arranged earlier that day from Northern California, where the flight originated. Waiting on the tarmac was Dr. James Eason, head of … Continue reading

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06/24/2015

New Primer for Researchers on Neuroscience and Consent Capacity Now Available

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has posted to Bioethics.gov a new educational primer: this primer provides researchers with information on neuroscience and consent capacity. The module accompanies the Bioethics Commission’s two-volume report Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (Gray Matters, Vol. 1) and Gray Matters: Topics […]

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06/24/2015

Bioethics and Gnosticism

I am continuing to reflect on the ideas presented at the CBHD summer conference this past week. The talk that impacted me the most was given by Robert George on Thursday evening. His topic was Bioethics and Gnosticism. His focus was the distinction between different concepts of who we are as human beings. One way to think about who we are which is present in... // Read More »

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06/24/2015

Rats Have Empathy, But What About the Scientists Who Experiment on Them?

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