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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.

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  • VEN FALL ETHICS CONFERENCE: Ethical, Legal & Medical Considerations in the Care of Dementia Patients
    NOVEMBER 13, 2017

    Thank you for attending the annual fall ethics conference. Below are links to PDF copies of the presenter slide presentations not previously distributed at the event:

    No Easy Answers: Ethical Considerations in the Care of Patients with Dementia
    Guy Maytal, MD

    Medical Considerations in the Care of Persons with Dementia
    Michael LaMantia, MD, MPH, AGSF

    Dementia as a Terminal Illness
    Zail Berry, MD, MPH, FACP
  • Understanding the new rules for CMS reimbursement for Advance Care Planning (ACP) Conversations
    Changes in Medicare reimbursement policy that went into effect in January 2016 provide an opportunity for more clinicians and patients to engage in conversations about preferences for care at end of life.

    Learn more about how it works
  • 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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