Doctors making efforts re Patients’ end-of-life instructions

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express-News on June 8, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: I am agent under my father’s Medical Power of Attorney. He has Alzheimer’s and now, ironically, has terminal cancer. The doctors have been cooperative with implementing DNR orders while he has been in the hospital, but things get inconsistent…

Hospital Discharge law requires aftercare plan

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on March 12, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: My mother was in the hospital for surgery, and was discharged home with some dressings that need to be changed and a drainage tube that needs to be kept clear. I was with her when they released her,…

In Depth: Medical/Legal Issues (Advance Directives)

Consumer/Patient Complaints about Physicians Texas law allows you to get information about your physician. The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners is required to create a public database of all physicians licensed in Texas. They gather data annually, including information about any disciplinary action against the physician in the prior 10 years, data on the…