Massachusetts Medical Society: Legal Advisor: Advance Directives

Legal Advisor: Advance Directives

Legal Advisor: Advance Directives Course

This course has expired and is available for content purposes only.

Advance directives can be a difficult topic because they deal with end-of-life and other serious medical situations. However, advance directives are valuable to patients and health care providers alike because they minimize conflict between family and health care providers by clarifying and respecting patients' wishes.

Learning Objectives

  • Define which Advance Directives documents are governed by Massachusetts law.
  • Contrast the limitations and scope of authority of a patient's appointed health care agent.
  • Identify the components of a health care proxy.
  • Determine who has the authority to represent the patient's wishes using different case scenarios.

Course Fees
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Nonmember Physicians: $22
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60

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CME Credit:  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , risk management study

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management credit, including 1.0 credit
 in end-of-life care.

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ .

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.

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