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May 26, 2016

Doctors Falsely Certified Patients as Terminally Ill

In May 2016, California doctors Sri "Dr. J" Wijegoonaratna and Boyao Huang were convicted of healthcare fraud for falsely certifying that their patients were terminally ill. California Hospice Care paid marketers to recruit Medicare and Medi-Cal benef...
May 25, 2016

Beppino Englaro Wins Judgment for Unwanted Treatment

Three years ago, I published "Clinicians May Not Administer Life-Sustaining Treatment Without Consent: Civil, Criminal, and Disciplinary Sanctions."   My main point was that while the risk of legal penalties for administering unwanted life-susta...
May 24, 2016

Colorado Enacts Legislative Solution for Unrepresented Patients

I was delighted to present, this weekend, with Jean Abbott and Debra Bennett-Woods at ICCEC 2016.  We discussed new legislation in Colorado that addresses medical decision for incapacitated unrepresented patients.  
May 24, 2016

Israel Stinson, Still Dead, Transferred from California to Cuba

Like Jahi McMath in early 2014, Israel Stinson has been transferred from a California hospital, despite having been determined dead.

On May 23, the family withdrew as moot their emergency motion for an injunction from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  

That motion is moot, because on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:30 a.m. "an air transport team consisting of a registered nurse and a respiratory therapist, as well as a ground transport team, prepared Israel for transport with the assistance of Kaiser’s medical team."

"At approximately 7:30 a.m., Israel was transported by ambulance to McClellan Airport in  Sacramento. From there, Israel and his parents were transported by air ambulance to a hospital where he has been admitted as a patient."

The family reports that he was transferred "out of the United States."  They further report that a neurologist and pediatric specialist at the new hospital have concluded that [Israel] is NOT brain dead." 

May 23, 2016

Hastening Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking - 2 Day Conference

I am looking forward to this conference on VSED.  

As recent op-eds suggest, this is an under-discussed means of hastening death.

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Hastening Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: Clinical, Legal, Ethical, Religious and Family Perspectives

Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is one way to assuredly hasten death. Though generally regarded as legal, VSED has not gained nearly as much public or scholarly attention as the physician-assisted dying that is legal in only five states. This interdisciplinary conference will address ethical, legal, clinical, religious, personal, family, and institutional issues posed by VSED, including contexts of hospice and dementia care.

October 14-15, 2016
11.75 General CLE credits pending; Social Work and Nursing credits application pending

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Margaret Battin, PhD, University of Utah

  • Norman Cantor, JD, Rutgers University School of Law

  • Annette E. Clark, JD, Dean, Seattle University School of Law

  • Amy Freeman, JD, WA State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Attorney

  • Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH, Oregon Health Sciences University

  • Gerri Haynes, RN, BSN, palliative care leader, Seattle

  • Trudy James, MRE, Multi-Faith Chaplain, Seattle

  • Anson Laytner, rabbi and author, Seattle

  • Michael Jaycox, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies, Seattle University

  • Paul T. Menzel, PhD, Pacific Lutheran University

  • Thaddeus M. Pope, JD, PhD, Mitchell Hamline Law School

  • Timothy E. Quill, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine

  • Diane Rehm, Diane Rehm Show (NPR, APR), author

  • Judith Schwarz, RN, PhD, Clinical Coordinator, EOLCNY

  • Phyllis Shacter, TEDx talk “Not Here By Choice”

  • Sarah Shannon, RN, PhD, Oregon Health Sciences University

  • Paula Span, NY Times reporter, NewOldAge blog

  • Joan M. Teno, MD, MS, Palliative Care, University of Washington

  • Stanley Terman, MD, PhD, Caring Advocates (Carlsbad, CA)

  • Robert Truog, MD, Center for Bioethics, Harvard University

Learn more about the program and pricing at: law.seattleu.edu/cle/vsed

Thank you to our sponsors:
Seattle University School of Law, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, University of Washington Philosophy Department, University of Washington Bioethics & Humanities Department, End of Life Choices New York, Harvard University Center for Bioethics, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law, and End of Life Washington

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May 23, 2016

Making End-of-Life Care More Scientific

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an important story covering the FIELDS (Fostering Improvement in End-of-life Decision Science) program at PENN. Scott Halpern observes: "Everyone recognizes the problems that pervade end-of-life care and, because of ...
May 22, 2016

British Court of Protection Decides Another Medical Futility Case

Perhaps nowhere in the world other than the UK is there a more developed body of published, reasoned jurisprudence on when clinicians can stop life-sustaining treatment over family objections. In In re O, the 58-year old patient suffered a severe hyp...
May 21, 2016

Ninth Circuit Cautious about Brain Death Stay

In the Aden Hailu case in Nevada, the hospital kept a dead body in its ICU for seven months.  Seven months!  This was the result of numerous stays from the trial and supreme court pending the outcome of litigation. In contrast, in the ong...
May 21, 2016

4% to 5% of Patients Are Incapacitated and Unrepresented

Available US estimates are that 5% of critically ill patients in the hospital are incapacitated and unrepresented.  A new audit of UK hospitals finds that the rate there is similar, 4%.  
May 20, 2016

New Case - Lawson v. VCU Medical Center

A Virginia court has issued a temporary injunction ordering VCU Medical Center to continue life-sustaining medical treatment for Miranda Grace Lawson.  Virginia law is relatively unique in the United States in terms of empowering clinicians to re...

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