ACP and the Law | Exploring Legal and Ethical Challenges to Advance Medical Directives
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.
- Explore common legal and ethical challenges to advance medical directives by medical professionals, health care agents, and other individuals in a patient’s life
- Understand the legal expectations of health care agents and medical professionals in honoring advance medical directives
- Become familiar with the options for recourse when there is a concern with an advance directive or patient wishes being honored
- Review case studies involving real life patients and legal and ethical challenges involving their advance medical directives
- Jennifer Bergstrom, AbD, MA, BA, Sentara Center for Healthcare Ethics
- Nathan Kottkamp, JD, MA, Williams Mullen
- 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, March 30, 2021
Zoom – link provided after registration