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Health Decisions Policy

State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life

Council Member Biographies

Meeting Minutes

End of Life Statute

Reports and Correspondence

Download the Ethical Framework (PDF)

 

 

   

State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life

The State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life was created in December 2002 (Chapter 265, Acts of 2002). Health-General Article §§13601-13-1604. The Council studies the impact of State statutes, regulations, and public policies on the providing of care to the dying. The Council monitors trends in the provision of care to patients with fatal illnesses and participates in public and professional educational efforts concerning the care of the dying. The Council also advises the General Assembly, Office of Attorney General, Department of Aging, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene matters related to the provision of care at the end of life.

Council Member Biographies

Advisory Council Meeting Notice.

Please contact Paul Ballard, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy at pballard@oag.state.md.us if you have any questions or would like to attend the Council's next meeting. The next meeting of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life meeting scheduled for March 21, 2014 has been CANCELED.

Meeting Minutes

Health Decisions Policy

On the Health Decisions Policy page you will find helpful information regarding advance directives, legal issues and advice regarding health care decisions at the end of life, the “Instructions on Life-Sustaining Treatment Options” form in English and Spanish, educational guides for patients, providers, health care agents, and surrogate decision makers, a workgroup report on hospice and palliative care and end-of-life counseling, a wallet card to use to inform health care providers of the existence of an advance directive, studies, and other useful links to other websites containing information relevant to care at the end of life.

Ethical Framework

The decision-making process that leads to excellent care should not be a lucky happenstance. Instead, its component steps should be identified, reflected in pertinent policies, and carried out routinely. To assist health care facilities with this important work, and after extensive consultation, the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life has issued an Ethical Framework for decision making entitled “Key Steps in Making and Implementing Health Care Decisions.” The Ethical Framework, principally written by Dr. Steven Levenson and endorsed unanimously by the Council, identifies the steps for not only complying with the Health Care Decisions Act but also giving practical meaning to the ethical principles that underlie the Act. The Advisory Council and the Attorney General's Office urge all health care facilities and programs to integrate the Ethical Framework (adapted as appropriate to the particular setting) into their staff training, policy documents, and routine clinical practice.

Reports and Correspondence

 

 

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