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More on the Texas Advance Directive Act (NOT “Futile”)

Jerri Lynn Ward and I have been discussing the Act, here. I found out that Dr. Findley has done some good deeds, too. Here’s a story about a patient he helped. Middleton said she wasn’t thinking of an aneurysm when she scheduled her September physical. She just wanted to get checked out before switching jobs … Continue reading

Texas Advance Directive Act Hearing

I had to work yesterday and couldn’t attend the hearing before the Human Services Committee of the Texas State House of Representatives, in Austin. I wasn’t even able to watch on the internet until about 5:30 PM. But, I still saw some of the most interesting testimony, and am very impressed that the meeting continued … Continue reading

Texas Advance Directive Act – in its own words

§ 166.046. PROCEDURE IF NOT EFFECTUATING A DIRECTIVE OR TREATMENT DECISION. My comments are interspersed and at the bottom. Emphases are mine. (a) If an attending physician refuses to honor a patient’s advance directive or a health care or treatment decision made by or on behalf of a patient, the physician’s refusal shall be reviewed … Continue reading

Texas Medical Association Health Care Principles

Available for members on the TMA website, but looks okay to post here. The TMA House of Delegates adopted the principles as official TMA policy in May. They include: * Promote portable and continuous health care coverage for all Americans using an affordable mix of public and private payer systems. * Promote patient safety as … Continue reading

>Texas Medical Association Health Care Principles

>Available for members on the TMA website, but looks okay to post here. The TMA House of Delegates adopted the principles as official TMA policy in May. They include: * Promote portable and continuous health care coverage for all Americans using an affordable mix of public and private payer systems. * Promote patient safety as … Continue reading

AMA on Texas Advance Directive (Futile Treatment)

The AMANews magazine, a weekly print newspaper for the members of the American Medical Association, has an article in the May 14 edition, available on line now. The excerpt is free here, but full content is only available to members and paid subscribers. Since LifeEthics readers have been following the progress of the legislation and … Continue reading

End of Life Compromise Texas

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Senate Health and Human Services passed a compromise bill to amend the Texas Advance Directive Act to extend the time lines for end of life care when the doctor believes that technological intervention is inappropriate. The new committee substitute for Senator Dr. Duell’s bill 439 was introduced by the … Continue reading

There’s (Still) No “Futile Care Act” in Texas

I keep running across news articles like this one in the Dallas Morning News (free subscription required) which claim that Texas has some sort of “futile care” law. There is no such thing as a “Futile Care Law” in Texas and never has been. (Previous LifeEthics posts include several in April, 2006.) There is a … Continue reading

Not a Texas “Futile Care” Case?

I think our heart strings are being pulled for the wrong reasons in the case of a Dallas woman. I don’t believe that the case is covered by the Texas Advanced Care Act. I wonder whether the doc was forced to admit that Mrs. Webster is a “long term care patient” that has a chronic … Continue reading

There’s still no “Texas Futile Care Act”

While Wesley Smith and I agree on 99.9999% of ethics issues, we disagree on the Texas Advance Directive law. One portion of that law, 166.046 covers cases where the doctor refuses to carry out the end of life decisions of a patient and/or his or her surrogate. Mr. Smith is predicting the “repeal” of what … Continue reading

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