ACP and the Law | Advance Medical Directives: Comparing and Contrasting Common Forms in Virginia
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a planning process for medical decisions that has its roots in the legal system. When the Uniform Law Commission developed the Health Care Decisions Act in 1993, it established a legal framework for advance medical directives throughout all fifty U.S. states. Since then, the concept of ACP has evolved and expanded as much as it has met legal and ethical challenges. Additionally, the complex legal nuances of ACP have often left community members and health professionals alike confused and misguided. Join us as we unpack and explore what the law says about advance care planning, what is left up to interpretation by health systems, professionals, and patients and families, and what opportunities for improvement exist from a legal perspective.
- Review legal expectations of a valid advance medical directive according to Virginia code
- Recognize the most common types of advance medical directive forms and addendums in use in Virginia
- Explore the unique features of each form
- Understand the benefits and drawbacks of different forms, with consideration of individual patient needs
- Become familiar with how to access different advance medical directive forms and resources for assistance with completion of a directive
- Katy Trapp, MSN, RN, CNML, HEC-C, Sentara Center for Healthcare Ethics
- Heather Zelle, JD, PhD, University of Virginia Institute on Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy
- Advance care planning “practitioners” or advocates who are interested in expanding their perspective to include alternate views on advance care planning
- Professionals and advocates in related fields who are interested in learning more about advance care planning and resources to support their work
- Anyone else interested in the topic
Registration Cost: Free, and CEUs are available at no cost.
Advance registration is required.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Zoom – link provided after registration