Friday, January 12, 2007

Act 169 Course: "In the Can" For a Crowd

"Personal Health Care Decision Making in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Act 169" -- a call-in course offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute -- will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2007, from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M.

It was recorded on January 10th at PBI Headquarters. The course is now "in the can".

Good thing, too. More than 170 registrations already have been received by
PBI -- the largest number to date for any of its new-format "call-in" courses.

The substantive program will run exactly one & a half hours, with a further ten minutes "live" at the end (2:00 - 2:10 PM) with Bob Wolf & me for questions about
Act 169 or clarification of presentation points. (The other two presenters will be at Governor Rendell's Inauguration ceremonies on January 16th.)

In my estimation, the presentations by
Bob Wolf, Harriet Withstandley, Barbara Holland, & me are lively, comprehensive, well-organized, & practical . The materials (to be supplied to all registrants by email in advance of the session) are excellent. They include Bob's outline, the website that I constructed for the program, and forms offered for use under the new law.

This is the outline of the topics covered:

  • Introductions
  • Legal Framework: Case Law (US & PA), and Statutes
  • Overview of Act 169 & DNR Reauthorization
  • Living Will changes
  • New Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • New Health Care Representative; the Health Care Decision-Making Process
  • Protections for Providers and Agents
  • Duties and Process Required of Health Care Providers
  • New Combined Form of HPOA & Living Will
  • Consistency of Medical Orders Across Care Settings: the POLST Advisory Committee
  • Criminal Penalties, Licensing & Accountability
  • Questions and Answers
PBI will offer a further in-depth study of Act 169 in July, 2007; but the Act will take effect on January 29, 2007. So, if you are interested in the topic, register now.

By the way, among the three past popular usages of the phrase
"in the can", I intended the second meaning, if you had any doubt.

Definitions of "in the can" per
1. In the lavatory, as in He can't come to the phone; he's in the can. The related on the can means "sitting on the toilet." The noun can is used for both the room and the toilet. [Slang; c. 1900]

2. Completed, as in About a hundred pages of her next book are in the can. This usage originated in filmmaking to describe a completed motion picture, when film was literally put into a can or canister. [Slang; c. 1930]

3. As an out-of-the-money finisher in a horse race, where a horse comes in fourth or worse. For example, He had no luck that day -- every bet ended up in the can. [1960s].
Update: 01/16/07:

The call-in course was successful. 250 people attended by telephone link. Ten more people registered to hear it later. The staff at PBI is very pleased with the presentation.

PBI intends to make the course available online for computer replay, and subsequently to offer an audio CD package of the course. I'll update here when I learn status developments.

Update: 01/17/07:

PBI, together with its media partner Legal Span, announced this afternoon that the Call-In Course became available for online replay by all registrants to date:

From: PBI
Subject: Online Seminar ready for Personal Health Care Decision Making in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Act 169 TeleSeminar

Dear Neil,

You are receiving this message because the TeleSeminar you attended on 1/16/2007 is now available for on-demand listening.

How do I Access the on-demand Seminar?

[N]avigate to your user account to access the seminar. Click on the Launch TeleSeminar button below Personal Health Care Decision Making in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Act 169 to launch the on-demand seminar.

If you have a question or need immediate help launching this seminar please call 877.880.1335 between 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM CST Monday through Friday.
Update: 01/25/07:

PBI now offers the course in an audio CD format, with a book of the materials. You can learn more about this multi-media course offering and order it, if you wish, here.

See also the PA HealthCare DecisionMaking website, which I continue to update with developments & new resources. In particular on that website, see Commentaries: Act 169 of 2006 for the latest available articles & commentaries available online. I update it frequently.