Mechanisms are needed to foster discussion of policy choices about end-of-life care, identify areas of general agreement, and clarify possible areas of disagreement. The Maryland State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life (MSAC), created by legislation as a permanent part of Maryland government, is one such mechanism. We describe the rationale for creating the MSAC, its operational features, and some of its successes and challenges. Given state-to-state variation in many aspects of health care organization and financing, we do not present the MSAC as a model to be adopted in every state. The MSAC's body of work over 8 years indicates that the model can be an effective catalyst for positive change in end-of-life policy making. Reformers elsewhere should consider this model, with an eye to both the MSAC's accomplishments and areas in which a different approach might be more fruitful.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine