End-of-Life Care CME

Per the "Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act", the State Board of Medical Examiners and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing now requires that each person licensed as a physician or advanced practice nurse is to complete two credits of educational programs or topics related to end-of-life care.

Credits earned participating in this CME activity will satisfy the end-of-life care education requirement for NJ medical license renewal.

Instructions:

  1. Download the New Jersey Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, as you will be asked to review it during your activity.
  2. Watch the presentation, End of Life: Meeting the Challenges.
  3. Download and read Assessment of Patients Competence to Consent to Treatment (Appelbaum, 2007).
  4. Submit a post-activity evaluation. Learners must score greater than or equal to 80% to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Target audience: All physicians licensed in the state of New Jersey. Advanced practice nurses are invited to participate.

Speakers: Shira Goldberg, M.D., Jessica Israel, M.D., Robert Novy, Esq.

Disclosure statement: Shira Goldberg, M.D., Jessica Israel, M.D., Robert Novy, Esq., and planners have declared nothing to disclose.

Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between palliative care and hospice
  2. Assess, treat, and manage pain and non-pain symptoms in patients with chronic illness using WHO management guidelines.
  3. Develop a structured approach to the assessment of decision-making capacity using Appelbaum's four legally relevant criteria.
  4. Formulate a strategy for determining a surrogate decision maker using legal order of priority.
  5. Identify three advance directive tools for use in healthcare decision-making.

Original release date: February 3, 2015.

Review date: February 3, 2018 unless indicated by new scientific developments.

Termination date: February 3, 2018.

Resources for further study:

Advance Directives - Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015.

End-of-Life Care in New Jersey Hospitals: A Blueprint for Action. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015.

End-of-Life Care - Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015.

Opinion 8.081 - Surrogate Decision Making. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2015.

Accreditation Statement: The Monmouth Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Monmouth Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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