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September 28, 2016

ASBH 2016 in Washington DC

ASBH 2016 begins for me, one week from today, with a Board meeting of the American Society for Bioethics + Humanities. I look forward to engaging with more than 1000 healthcare professionals, educators, consultants, and others who have an ...
September 27, 2016

Montana Court Denies Hospital Permission to Conduct Brain Death Test

Based on a number of generally accepted diagnostic tests, clinicians at Saint Vincent's Healthcare have strongly suspected that their patient Allen Callaway is dead.  But his parents refused permission to conduct an apnea test to definitively dete...
September 25, 2016

False Claims Act Liability for Not Honoring Advance Directive

Nancy Chase is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who worked for Florida's LifePath Hospice from 1992 till late 2012.  Six years ago, she filed a federal false claims act case against her former employer arguing that it defrauded the government by ...
September 24, 2016

Why Does an End Stage Patient in Oregon Need VSED when Medical Aid in Dying Is Available?

I blogged about the case of Nora Harris a few days ago.  I have now reviewed the protective order papers that were filed with the Jackson County, Oregon court.  I make two additional observations. First, if you want clinicians to ...
September 23, 2016

Health Care Decision Making for Unbefriended, Incapacitated Adults: A Value-Committed Policy Transfer Analysis

Despite the scope and prevalence of the problem, there is not much literature addressing the problem of incapacitated unrepresented patients.  One new 21-page article nicely summarized the issues. This article then zeroes in to assess two innova...
September 22, 2016

Patient Decision Aids - Certification Standards

Decision Aids Comment Through October 14 Thank you for your continued interest in the Decision Aids Project. The draft report (PDF) containing the Expert Panel's recommendations for national standards and a certificat...
September 22, 2016

Legal Briefing: Stopping Nonbeneficial Life-Sustaining Treatment without Consent

Check out my latest article in the Fall 2016 issue of The Journal of Clinical Ethics 27, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 254-64: "Legal Briefing: Stopping Non-beneficial Life-Sustaining Treatment without Consent." In the United States, authoritative legal guidance...
September 21, 2016

Better Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates

This afternoon, I am making a presentation to the North Dakota Long Term Care Association on "Better Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates." I prepared a new 300 slide deck and have posted it here.  I will also be building...
September 20, 2016

Minnesota Ethics Law & Futility Symposium

Join me, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Children's Minnesota on November 18 for "Ethics, Law, and Futility" Symposium.
September 19, 2016

Oregon Court Denies Right to Advance VSED

I have written several times about the Margot Bentley case in which the BC courts denied a dementia patient's request (in her advance directive) to not be fed in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. Now, an Oregon court has reached a similar decision. ...

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