Substituted judgment poses thorny legal issues. Join us on Tuesday,
March 5, for a presentation that will address these issues under
three sets of circumstances. You'll learn how to advise clients who are contemplating
advance directives, or health care providers who encounter such
The first circumstance involves health care proxies, including how they are
invoked and revoked; the scope of a health care agent's authority; and how
health care proxies differ from Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining
The second is guardianships. We will cover how guardianships commence and
terminate, court oversight, and Rogers guardianships, which authorize
extraordinary medical treatment.
Lastly, we will discuss situations where an incapacitated patient has
no guardian and no health care proxy.
Our expert panel includes Tom Worboys, an attorney in the Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit of the New Hampshire Department of Justice.
Over the last 15 years, Worboys has focused his practice largely on civil,
criminal and regulatory matters involving nursing homes and assisted-living
facilities in Massachusetts. He has regularly litigated issues pertaining to
substituted judgment, and he has argued before the Supreme Judicial Court
concerning the scope of a health care agent's authority.
Danielle White is an attorney in the Risk Management Department of Reliant Medical Group. In addition
to counseling Reliant and its providers on a wide variety of legal
issues as they arise, she takes a proactive approach to risk management by
regularly educating Reliant providers and staff on commonly encountered matters. White recently
has given presentations concerning health care proxies and guardianships to several practice
groups at Reliant and St. Vincent's Hospital. Prior to her work at
Reliant Medical Group, White worked as a civil litigator. Her
practice focused on malpractice matters concerning both individual health
care providers and health care facilities, including nursing homes and
Danielle White, Esq., Program Chair
Thomas Worboys, Esq., Panelist
Medicaid Fraud Unit, New Hampshire Department of Justice