Helping Texans prepare for difficult end-of-life decisions before they are in an emergency situation is an important community service of Texas hospitals. Because so many Texans do not have advance directives in place when they become ill or incapacitated, these difficult decisions too often are placed on families and loved ones. Lack of public education about the state’s advance directives laws and the importance of individuals making their own health care decisions in advance of emergencies results in public and legislative misperceptions. The Texas Hospital Association has produced a suite of products to help member hospitals understand and communicate on end-of-life issues.

In addition, THA tracks related legislation and regulatory activity to keep members informed.

HB 1874 -- Establishment of Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council   Read more

HB 3074 -- Provision of Artificially Administered Nutrition and Hydration and Life-Sustaining Treatment   Read more

Overview of Texas Advance Directives Law

Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Palliative Care Resource

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council

Put Your Wishes in Writing: Resources for Patients and Families – Includes helpful information and forms in both English and Spanish. Read more

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Carrie Kroll, 512/465-1043


According to Texas Government Code 305.027, portions of this material may be considered “legislative advertising.” Authorization for its publication is made by John Hawkins, Texas Hospital Association, 1108 Lavaca, Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701-2180.