STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON QUALITY CARE AT THE END OF LIFE

Theodore L. Meyerson, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2014
[photo, St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland] Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Steven A. Levenson, M.D., 2013; Catherine E. Stavely, Esq., 2014; Rabbi Michael J. Safra, 2015; Thomas J. Smith, M.D., 2015; Marian Grant, D.N.P., 2016; Gail S. Mansell, 2016; Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., 2016; Karren J. Pope-Onwukwe, 2016; Sister Lawrence Mary Pocock, 2017; Henry S. (Hank) Willner, M.D., 2017; Lya M. Karm, M.D., 2018; Gail A. Barth Katz, 2018; M. Jane Markley, R.N., 2018; Hope K. Miller, 2018; two vacancies.

Appointed by Senate President: Roger Manno

Appointed by House Speaker: Dan K. Morhaim

Ex officio: Paul J. Ballard, designee of Attorney General; Linnette Rivera, designee of Secretary of Aging; Carol A. Beatty, Secretary of Disabilities; Patricia T. (Tricia) Nay, M.D., designee of Secretary of Health.

St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Staff: Kathleen M. Todd

c/o Office of Assistant Attorney General
Maryland Department of Health
300 West Preston St., Suite 302, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-1864
e-mail: ktodd@oag.state.md.us
web: www.oag.state.md.us/healthpol/sac/index.htm

In December 2002, the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life was created (Chapter 265, Acts of 2002), and it reformed in October 2008 (Chapters 562 & 563, Acts of 2008).

The Council advises the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Aging, and the Maryland Department of Health. It also advises the General Assembly on changes in laws related to the provision of care at the end of life.

The impact of State statutes, regulations, and public policies on the care provided to the dying is studied by the Council. In 2005, for example, the Council studied issues concerned with establishing a statewide registry for advance health care directives. In addition, the Council monitors trends in the provision of care to patients with fatal illnesses, and participates in public and professional educational efforts concerned with the care of the dying.

Twenty-three members compose the Council. Of these, seventeen are appointed by the Governor; one is chosen by the Senate President; one is named by the House Speaker; and four serve ex officio (Code Health-General Article, secs. 13-1601 through 13-1604).

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