American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying
Best Practices Checklist for Complying with CA SB380,
California’s End of Life Option Act
– The organization’s Aid-in-Dying Policy Statement must be posted in a clear, readily accessible and prominent location on the organization’s internet site, in a font considered readable by elderly patients.
– Non-specific and poorly understood expressions explaining an organization’s aid-in-dying policy are not acceptable, i.e.: “We are opted-in…” “We are opted-out…” “We participate…” “We support…” “We take a neutral stance…” These expressions do not provide adequate information to the organization’s staff, referring clinicians, patients, or families, unless also accompanied by the details below.
Providing patients with information about aid in dying:
Our hospice facilitates discussions and participates in the processes of medical aid in dying (see below for details if we participate in some aspects of the process but not others).
Hospice doctors’ participation in aid in dying:
Our hospice provides aid-in-dying attending/prescribing physicians.
Our hospice provides aid-in-dying consulting/2nd-opinion physicians.
Hospice staff participation on the aid-in-dying day:
If requested by the patient, our clinical staff (doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains) can be present on the day of ingestion of aid-in-dying medications.
At the patient’s request, we provide referrals to other professionals who can be present on the aid-in-dying day (private-duty nurses, aid-in-dying trained end-of-life doulas, trained aid-in-dying volunteers). Referrals to aid-in-dying skilled professionals can also be obtained from the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying, at https://www.acamaid.org/pt2attendantintake/
American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying can be reached at:
Clinicians (not for patients & families) phone hotline for both urgent and non-urgent clinical questions about medical aid in dying: 510 298 1135