Healthcare Guardianships: Decision-Making for Incapacitated Patients Without Surrogates or Directives

Determining When Guardianship is Needed, Interplay With Legal Documents That Impact Patient Care, Demonstrating Imminent Need

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, June 18, 2021

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will guide healthcare counsel on healthcare guardianships. The panel will discuss strategies for addressing situations where the need for healthcare guardianships arises. The panel will also examine general state law trends, demonstrating imminent need, and the interplay of guardianships and legal documents that impact patient care. The panel will offer best practices for structuring healthcare guardianships and hurdles to obtaining guardianship.

Description

The number of unrepresented patients in the U.S. is already substantial and is increasing as baby boomers age. Hospitals often care for patients who cannot consent when they need to be discharged to a lower level of care, or who have no one to act on their behalf. Decision-making for these patients can be problematic for hospitals and healthcare providers, who are constrained by state law and federal regulations.

When patients do not have a qualified medical decision-maker to consent on their behalf, it can become dangerous for the patient and taxing on vital hospital resources. To facilitate patient discharge and related issues, hospitals and healthcare providers often need to seek guardianship in order to have someone who can make such decisions on behalf of the patients.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines healthcare guardianships. The panel will discuss strategies for addressing situations where the need for healthcare guardianships arises, including options for dealing with the different situations. The panel will also discuss general state law trends, demonstrating imminent need, and the interplay of guardianships and legal documents such as medical powers of attorney and advanced directives that impact patient care. The panel will offer best practices for structuring healthcare guardianships.

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Outline

  1. When the need for healthcare guardianships arises
  2. State law trends
  3. Guardianship determination
    1. Considerations
    2. Recurring hurdles to guardianship
    3. Demonstrating imminent need
    4. The interplay of guardianships and advanced directives, medical powers of attorney, and other legal documents
  4. Best practices for structuring guardianships

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What factors should be considered when determining whether guardianship is needed or if another solution exists?
  • When patients are unable to consent, what options are available for dealing with the different situations?
  • What role do valid medical powers of attorney, advanced directives, and other legal documents play in healthcare guardianships?

Faculty

Synowicki, John
John T. Synowicki

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Polsinelli

Mr. Synowicki focuses his practice on representing health systems, hospitals, and health care providers in litigation,...  |  Read More

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