Registration begins at 3:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Ballard, JD, Assistant Attorney General, State of Maryland
This program will assist healthcare providers to better understand the Health Care Decisions Act, the requirements
regarding the Maryland MOLST form, and the healthcare decision-making process. The program will provide
guidance for providers to help ensure requirements in Maryland law are followed related to healthcare decision-making. The program will also present case studies for discussion.
1. Understand the essential provisions of the Maryland Health Care Decisions Act.
2. Identify the appropriate decision-makers and distinguish between healthcare agents, guardians, and surrogate decisionmakers
regarding their respective scopes of authority as decision-makers.
3. Understand what an advance directive is and its role in health care decision-making.
4. Understand the concept of medical ineffectiveness and related procedural requirements governing its use as a basis for
the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments.
5. Learn what documentation is required to show authorization for treatments given, withheld, or withdrawn, and how to
develop a checklist to ensure that appropriate supporting documentation is in the patient’s record.
6. Understand the components of the Maryland Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) form and how a
MOLST form is different than a living will.
7. Explain the purpose of the MOLST order form and the basis for the MOLST form’s orders.
8. Explain the meaning of sections 1 through 9 of the MOLST form
9. Understand the instructions for completing the MOLST form and other procedures related to the proper completion and
storage of the MOLST form.
10. Learn how to analyze case scenarios to apply the concepts learned in the seminar.
Attendees will earn:
3.0 Category l Ethics credits for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers, pending
3.0 Ethics credits for Certified Case Managers through CCMC, pending
Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.