Texas 87th Legislature: Laws Impacting Physician Responsibility and End-of-Life Ethics Considerations

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

In this presentation, Mr. Timothy Ottinger discusses highlights from the Texas 87th Legislature that are pertinent for clinicians practicing in Texas. He also shares an overview of Texas civics and the structure in which state laws are proposed and passed.

This Bioethics Grand Rounds session took place on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. and has been approved for Ethics Credit and Social Work Credit.

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Needs Statement

Staff physicians and other allied health professionals need to be regularly updated on the guidelines and challenges related to ethics consultation, clinical ethics practice and the role of ethics in shared clinical decision-making. The series aims to increase knowledge of the learners in these topic areas, and to provide the skills and tools for their implementation in clinical practice in order to enhance the quality of patient care.

Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, the participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of new healthcare laws passed in the Texas 87th Legislature.
  • Define the ethical considerations in proposed revisions to the Texas Advance Directives Act.
  • Explain the impact of new laws on physician responsibility and patient care.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Nurses
  • Other Health Professionals

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by Baylor College of Medicine for 1 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Social Work: Baylor College of Medicine, Division of Continuing Professional Development (License Number 7270) is an approved continuing education provider for Social Workers through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. This activity has been approved for 1 continuing education unit.

Program Director

  1. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

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Presenter

  1. Timothy Ottinger, M.A.

    Timothy Ottinger, M.A.

    Board Member
    Texas Essential Health Partners

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

Program Director

  1. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

Planning Committee Members

  1. Emma Cooke, M.D. Placeholder Image

    Emma Cooke, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  2. Andrew Childress, Ph.D.

    Andrew Childress, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  3. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  4. David Garvis, Ph.D. Placeholder Image

    David Garvis, Ph.D.

    Clinical Ethicist
    Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  5. Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.

    Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.

    Assistant Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

Contributor

  1. Timothy Ottinger, M.A.

    Timothy Ottinger, M.A.

    Board Member
    Texas Essential Health Partners

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

CME Credit Available

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Presenter:

  1. Timothy Ottinger, M.A.

    Timothy Ottinger, M.A.

    Board Member Texas Essential Health Partners