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Bioethical Issues

Bioethical Issues


Overview

In addition to navigating the complex web of state and federal health care statutes, regulations, and payor guidance, health care providers must also grapple with ethical issues on a daily basis.  Our goal is to help our clients make decisions in difficult situations that balance and respect the rights of patients and of providers, and also to help providers establish an ethical framework in which to provide care.  We never forget that the business of health care is about serving people.

Health care providers need a trusted advisor to help balance legal, regulatory, and ethical obligations.  Member of our health care team have a strong interest in bioethics, serving on hospital ethics committees and engaging in ongoing thought and education on these issues, and have the experience necessary to help your organization achieve this balance.

Attorneys
Experience

We have assisted our clients in the following ways:
 

  • Offered education and training to nursing and physician team members regarding ethical obligations, advance directives, and involuntary commitment issues
  • Prepared policies and procedures governing the creation and use of advance directives, informed consent and substitute decision making, minor consent issues, involuntary commitment, and end-of-life care.
  • Assisted clients in interpreting advance directive language and in complying with state law regarding informed consent when patients lack advance directives
  • Created futility policies that comply with AMA guidance and state and federal law
  • Assisted clients in obtaining involuntary commitment orders for patients in need of care
  • Provided guidance to clients grappling with end-of-life, fetal/maternal decision-making, religious or cultural communication barriers and objections to care, minor consent, and human research issues
  • Litigated end-of-life directives and related issues, including at the state supreme court level, when other efforts at resolution were not successful


* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

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