American Hospice Foundation, Washington DC, USA

Legal Links

1. Hospice Laws, Regulations & Coverage

  • New Regulations - Medicare announces new proposed rule to improve hospice care.
  • Pain and the Law - Developed by the Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University.

2. Helpful Sites of Other Organizations

  • American Bar Association - The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (COLA) is dedicated to examining law and policy issues affecting older persons.
  • Caring Connections - The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's national consumer engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.
  • Growthhouse - Has an excellent set of links, definitions of terms, and other resources regarding end-of-life care and decision-making.

3. Resources on Advance Directives

  • Aging with Dignity - Provides practical information, advice and legal tools you need to ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected.
  • American Bar Association - A Consumer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging.
  • FamilyDoctor.org - Information about advance directives and other relevant issues such as artificial nutrition and hydration, and CPR.
  • Hospice Net - A page of definitions and Frequently Asked Questions on advance directives.

4.  Educational Materials

  • A Legal Guide to Life-Limiting Conditions - Published by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), this guide provides an overview of the key legal and practical issues that arise in the care of individuals who face a life-limiting condition or who care for a loved one with a life-limiting condition.
  • Center for Practical Bioethics - Offers Caring Conversations, a consumer education initiative that helps individuals and their families share meaningful conversation while making practical preparations for end-of-life decisions.

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