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Optimizing Advance Healthcare Directives to Ensure Patient Safety During a Pandemic

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Produced on June 09, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Health Care Administrative Covid-19

Course Description

This program will help attorneys understand best practices for advanced healthcare directives and living wills during a pandemic. Attorneys will learn: (1) how to identify common issues when creating advance directives, (2) the risk of wrongful prolongation of life claims, (3) when to advise clients and families to discuss their options with medical teams, and (4) proper use of Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms. The course will also discuss the future of videoconference options for completing advance directives when clients cannot be in the room. The program is taught by Thaddeus Mason Pope, Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Ferdinando L. Mirarchi, Chief Medical Officer of the Institute on HealthCare Directives and the Medical Director of the UPMC Hamot Emergency Department in Erie, Pennsylvania 

This course will benefit lawyers who practice Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the risks associated with advance directives and living wills as evidenced in the TRIAD Research Series
  2. Discuss the development of wrongful prolongation of life litigation
  3. Advise patients when to seek medical discussions for understanding of choices
  4. Teach clients how to navigate questions pertaining to living wills and cardiac arrest
  5. Utilize POLST forms appropriately
  6. Prepare for the addition of video (scripted or unscripted) to accompany written advance directives (living wills)
  7. Use MIDEO (My Informed Decision on Video) in Legal and Medical practice

Credit Information

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Ferdinando L. Mirarchi, DO, FAAEM, FACEP, is the Medical Director of the UPMC Hamot Emergency Department in Erie, Pennsylvania, He is the Chief of Emergency Services for UPMC’s Norther Tier of Emergency Services and is the Chairman of the UPMC Hamot Physician Network Governance Council.

He is the Principal Investigator of the TRIAD Research Series (The Realistic Interpretation of Advance Directives). The results of his TRIAD research have been featured in the NY Times, Washington POST, Boston Herald and many more nationally syndicated outlets.  The TRIAD research has confirmed that there is a new nationwide and global patient safety risk related to confusion surrounding living wills, DNR & POLST orders. His TRIAD research has also set the foundation for the development and utilization of a state of the art, evidence-based patient safety solution called MIDEO (My Informed Decision on VidEO).  MIDEO has been structured to be both a Video Advance Directive and Physicians Medical Order that is prescriptive, clarifies existing documents and retrievable in seconds.   

Dr. Mirarchi is the author of Understanding Your Living Will; What You Need to Know before a Medical Emergency, published by Addicus Books. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Thaddeus Mason Pope

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, Ph.D., is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has over 200 publications in leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He coauthors 1500-page The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decision Making and runs the popular Medical Futility Blog. Pope co-authored both clinical practice guidelines for medical aid in dying and policy guidance on ethics in critical care for major professional medical societies. Apart from his scholarship, Pope has served as a legal consultant and expert witness in court cases involving end-of-life treatment.


Darrell R. J.

Very valuable information presented by a pairing of knowledgeable legal and medical professionals. One of the best courses I have taken through Lawline. Bring them back soon!

Scott S.

I loved the videos. They really demonstrated how important this issue is and what can be done.

Dale C.

Excellent presentation, best I've seen by far on this topic.

Cheryl Q.

Excellent course and presentation. This course should be mandatory for all legal and medical practitioners. The doctor that presented is performing a valuable public service to all. This should be a public service announcement for all. Thank you for including this seminar.

Thomas P.

Very helpful thank you!

David D.


Nathalie R.

From my JD + half-MD perspective this is all around an above excellent presentation on advance healthcare directives. The scenario examples optimize understanding. I will no doubt reference back this CLE's materials. Only substantive feedback, my SP training has me wondering whether strict JD audience members are aware (and maybe they are) that cardiac cath is a scheduled procedure because to me that is critical to understanding why stopping the procedure was no question the incorrect although well intentioned decision driven by lack of full understanding/knowledge by parties. Thank you!

Sarah b.

Excellent presentation and practical advice

Mark P.

This was the best Lawline CLE I've done and will be recommending it to my colleagues. I am a physician-lawyer. Thanks.

Nicholas G.

Excellent course

Shira C.

The most engaging one in recent times. The multi-media option definitely helps when you are stuck in front of a computer.

David L S.

Scary information!

Petal H.

Very interesting, needs part two that gives guidance to the actual structuring of legal writing and client interviewing to best encapsulate client wishes.

Jaime C.

extremely well done!

Patricia B.

One of the best I have watched. Practical both for clients and self..

William U.

One of the best Lawline's I have ever seen.

Yvonne B.

So helpful, timely and informative that I plan to listen again! EXCELLENT teaching team. Very impressive. On next listen I will follow up with sending thanks to the instruction team.

Yolanda D.

good interaction between doctor and professor.

rosemary m.

Very informative

Diana L.

Very good!

Ellen C.

As both a physician myself and a lawyer who helps clients draft advanced directives, I thought that this was excellent.

Janetta W.

Extremely interesting clinician point of view of Living Wills, DNRs etc. The intersection of "legal" forms and clinicial application is much more complicated than I through previously. Good follow-up options.

Annette B.

Interesting. Excellent presentation.

Deborah T.

I've been in practice for more than 26 years, and CLEs usually don't tell me anything I didn't know. This CLE is one of the very best I've seen. I learned so much. I thought I knew about advance directives; I was wrong. Thank you so much for this CLE. I highly recommend this CLE to every attorney.

Sharon P.

Excellent presentation

Stacy R.

very informative!

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