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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

    Register Online Now Conference Brochure
  • 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

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