The Vermont Ethics Network website contains information and resources on advance directives, health care decision making, and current topics related to health care ethics, end-of-life care, palliative care and pain management.
News & Events
Vermont Ethics Network Annual Fall Conference
Issues at the Intersection of Law & Medical Ethics
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Lake Morey Resort and Conference Center
Featuring National Speakers:
- Arthur Derse, MD, JD, FACEP - Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
- Stephen Latham, JD, PhD – Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
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The 42nd Meeting of the New Hampshire-Vermont Hospital Ethics Committee Network:
Religious and Cultural Issues in Medical Decision-Making
October 5, 2015. 12:15–4:00pm
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium G
NOTE: The Vermont Rural Ethics Network will be meeting beforehand from 10:30am–11:45am in Auditorium G. We will be discussing the topic of DNR in the operating room and issues related to DNR/COLST orders. Please join us!
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July 9, 2015 – A Ray of Sunshine!
Medicare announces proposal to reimburse clinicians for advance care planning conversations. A final decision on the proposal will be made on November 1st. The plan would allow qualified professionals including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as doctors, to be reimbursed for face-to-face meetings with a patient and any relatives or caregivers the patient wants to include. According to the chief medical officer for CMS, Dr. Patrick Conway, the proposal does not limit the number of conversations reimbursed.
Read more at the NY Times
TAKING STEPS – An Advance Care Planning Initiative
Advance Care Planning is for Everyone! In times of critical illness or injury when individuals have lost their decision making capacity, there is nothing more valuable than having an advance directive to guide your family and healthcare team.
Take this opportunity to begin the conversation and plan for your future health care needs. Start Now!
Take your FIRST STEP in the advance care planning process and appoint a health care agent.
FRONTLINE Teams with Atul Gawande to Explore Being Mortal
On February 10, 2015 Dr. Gawande brought his personal journey—and the stories of his patients and their families—to life, challenging us all to reexamine how we think about death and dying.
Watch the PBS Documentary
Going Your Way
According to a new End-of-Life Guide from consumer reports, a good death can be hard to achieve without advance planning.Read More at Consumer Reports
Articles & News
- August 14, 2015: The New York Times -- Zen and the Art of Dying Well, Courtney E. Martin
- July 27, 2015: The Boston Globe -- New guidelines may encourage more talks about end-of-life care, Felice J. Freyer
- May 14, 2015: The New York Times -- The Last Day of Her Life, Robin Marantz Henig
- May 13, 2015: The New York Times -- When Doctors Help a Patient Die, Thomas R. McCormick
- May 2, 2015: The New York Times -- It’s Not Just About ‘Quality of Life’, Sandeep Jauhar
- April 29, 2015: The New York Times -- The Right Paperwork for Your End-of-Life Wishes, by Jessica Nutik Sitter. Download Vermont's COLST form.
- April 8, 2015: The New York Times -- Overruling My Father, by Barron H. Lerner
- March 28, 2015: The New York Times -- Teenagers Face Early Death, on Their Terms, by Jan Hoffman
- March 27, 2015: The New York Times -- Learning to Say No to Dialysis, by Paula Span
- February 25, 2015: The Onion -- If I End Up On Life Support, My Family Knows The Type Of Long, Protracted Legal Battle I Would Want, by Donald Reubens
- January 31, 2015: The New York Times -- Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal, by Ira Byock
- January 19, 2015: The New York Times -- Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia, by Paula Span
- December 1, 2014: The New York Times -- Hoping for a Good Death
- October 6, 2014: Dr. Atul Gawande talks on advance care planning and his new book, Being Mortal, on Comedy Central
- September 17, 2014: The New York Times -- Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life, by Pam Belluck
- September 17, 2014: Institute of Medicine -- Committee on Approaching Death: Addressing Key End of Life Issues Report Release