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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 65 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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

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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.


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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