Recording: Permanente Medicine Today: 2016 End of Life Option Act

On June 9, Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California and Southern California regions will each implement the End of Life Option program to comply with the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), a new state law that will allow a terminally ill patient who has capacity to request medication from his or her physician that the patient intends to take to end his or her life. The law, which Governor Jerry Brown signed in October 2015, spells out how a patient may request the medication and a physician’s role in the detailed, multi-step process. 

Target Audience

Adult and Family Medicine, Oncology, Hospice, Cardiology, Nephrology and Neurology physicians and clinicians.

Learning Objectives

As a result of viewing this videoconference, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Discuss the End of Life Option Act legislation (going into effect on June 9, 2016) and Kaiser Permanente Northern California's plan to offer this option to its qualifying patients.
  2. Describe how to utilize Kaiser Permanente's End of Life (ELO) Program workflow, resources and key players in providing appropriate patient referrals.
  3. Confidently explain that physician and staff participation in this process is entirely voluntary.
  4. Recognize that this process is also entirely voluntary for patients and those who ask about this option or enter this process may withdraw their request at any point.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Geriatrics
  • 1.00 Pain/EOL
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David Conant, MD, Chief, Adult and Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center

Mark A. Harvey, MD, Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Northwest


Ruma Kumar, MD, Regional Medical Director Supportive Care Services and End Of Life Option, TPMG

APIC, Kaiser Permanente San Jose

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Geriatrics
  • 1.00 Pain/EOL
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