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End-of-Life-Care

Families turn to courts to protect difficult end-of-life choices

Many hospitals and doctors rightly have campaigned to get more patients to provide information in advance about their end-of-life care choices, but doesn’t that mean that the choices when made should be respected? And if...more

California's New End of Life Option Act Impacts Insurers

California's "End of Life Option Act" (the Act) went into effect June 9, 2016—making California the fifth state (behind Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana) to allow terminally ill adults with fewer than six months to...more

Health Care Legislation Maryland 2016 First Interim Report

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The bills cited and reviewed in this Report are not an exhaustive presentation of all healthcare legislation. Rather, they represent either proposed or adopted legislation that we believe are among the most beneficial,...more

New OkPOLST form designed to improve end-of-life and crisis care

by McAfee & Taft on

Beginning Friday, August 26, 2016, Oklahomans have another tool available to them for use in planning end-of-life care and treatment. It’s called an OkPOLST, which stands for Oklahoma Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining...more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

by Burr & Forman on

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

California’s End of Life Option Act: Key Requirements and Considerations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 9, 2016, California’s End of Life Option Act (the “Act”) will go into effect. The Act authorizes an adult who is suffering from a terminal disease and meets other qualifications to request an aid-in-dying drug that...more

How Likely Are You to Need Long-Term Care?

Planning for retirement and deciding whether to buy long-term care insurance would be a lot easier if you knew your odds of needing long-term care, as well as at what age and for how long. Unfortunately, there's no definite...more

Alert: What is MOLST and Do I Need It?

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

You may have heard about Connecticut’s pilot program for Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (“MOLST”) and wondered what it is and whether it impacts your estate plan. Similar programs, such as Physician Orders for...more

Winds of Change Blowing Across the Hospice Landscape

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Recent Medicare developments indicate that end-of-life health care providers can expect to face continuing change in an already dynamic sector. These latest turns are part of an ongoing trend toward redefining hospice and...more

Hospice EndNotes - December 2015

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Winds of Change Blowing Across the Hospice Landscape - Recent Medicare developments indicate that end-of-life health care providers can expect to face continuing change in an already dynamic sector. These latest turns...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 23, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court - 17 November 2015 - Burnett v Eastern Health [2015] FCA 1247 The Federal Court of Australia...more

Conscience Clauses for Health Care Providers

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

There has been a lot of news lately about a person’s right to decline to provide a service to another for reasons of conscience. For example, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality, the N.C....more

Corridors September 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

This article will provide an outline of some of the most significant points for hospitals to use when confronted with a formal government investigation under the Criminal or Civil False Claims Act. As noted below, you should...more

The Health Law Guide to Hospital Operations

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

This operations guide provides a brief look at health law issues hospitals deal with on a daily basis. While a detailed coverage of the elements, drafting, implementation and continued governance of a hospital compliance...more

CMS Proposes to Establish Separate Payment for End of Life Planning Services

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment rates and related reimbursement and quality policies for physician services furnished under the Medicare...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 15, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales. O'Sullivan v Medical Council of New South Wales [2015] NSWCATAD 113 The New South Wales Civil and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 9, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Australia. Fair Work Commission Marr v Western Health [2015] FWC 2970 The Fair Work Commission has held that it was...more

New state law mandates education about end-of-life treatment

by McAfee & Taft on

Beginning in 2015, the newly enacted Medical Treatment Laws Information Act imposes educational requirements on Oklahoma health care providers related to patient end-of-life treatment decision-making. Two groups of...more

Palliative care – navigating the difficult path of informed consent

by DLA Piper on

Medical practitioners are placed in a difficult position when close family members disagree about the treatment that should be provided to a loved one who is no longer capable of making his or her own decisions. ...more

AMA To Recommend Physicians Be Paid For End-Of-Life Planning

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Brace yourself for a reprise of the death panel debate of 2009. The AMA will soon formally recommend to CMS that physicians be paid—or “reimbursed” in health care-speak—for talking with Medicare patients and their families...more

Lessons from Real Life: Why Everyone Needs an Advance Health Care Directive

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

End-of-life decisions are among the most difficult a family will ever face. Most people do not like to think about life support, ventilators, and artificial food and hydration. Young people, especially, believe that...more

Health Care Decision Making

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

If you become incapable of making your own medical decisions, it is critical to have planning in place so that medical providers and family members know and can implement your wishes. This is especially important if you...more

New Online End-of-Life Planning Tool Now Available to NC Citizens and Health Care Providers

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

A new tool is now available for North Carolina citizens and health care providers that will help everyone understand end-of-life health care planning options and processes available under North Carolina law. The new website...more

Shorts on Long Term Care December 2012

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In this issue: - Make Me a Channel of Your Peace - CMS Signals Renewed Focus on Advance Directives and Residents’ Rights to Determine End-of-Life Care An excerpt from "Make Me a Channel of Your...more

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