CHA News Article

End of Life Option Act Webinar Now Available

On Nov. 19, CHA hosted a webinar explaining the End of Life Option Act signed into law by Gov. Brown on Oct. 5. The Act will allow individuals who have a terminal illness and who meet certain qualifications to ask their physician for a prescription for medication to end their life. Because the bill was introduced in a special legislative session, it will become effective 90 days after the session is closed; that date is still uncertain.

The webinar provided an overview of the legislation, discussed the impact on hospitals and medical staffs, and explained the requirements that must be met by the individual to be able to request aid-in-dying medication, and by the physician to prescribe it. Hospitals are encouraged to begin work now to determine whether they will participate in activities under the Act, and to develop policies and procedures whether they choose to participate or not.

In conjunction with the webinar, CHA prepared a 12-page document that details the provisions of the Act, including documentation and reporting requirements. The document also includes sample forms to be completed by the patient and the physician.

Members who were unable to participate in the webinar or would like to review the presentation and materials with their staff may purchase a recording at www.calhospital.org/end-of-life-option-act-webinar-recording.

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