Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life
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 Meeting Notice.
contact Paul Ballard, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you have any questions or would like to attend the Council's
The next meeting of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life will take place on March 21, 2014, from 10 am to 12 noon at the Department of Aging, 301 West Preston Street, Room 1007, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.
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.
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
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
written by Dr. Steven Levenson and endorsed unanimously by
the Council, identifies the steps for not only complying with
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.