Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Medicare and Advanced Directives

According to the National Healthcare Decisions Day website

"The Federal Patient Self-Determination Act requires that all Medicare-participating healthcare facilities inquire about and provide information to patients on Advance Directives; it also requires these facilities to provide community education on Advance Directives. See 42 C.F.R. § 489.102. All healthcare facilities are required to: 

  • Provide information about health care decision-making rights.
  • Ask all patients if they have an advance directive.
  • Educate their staff and community about advance directives.
  • Not discriminate against patients based on an advance directive status."
Wow.  That is good to know.  If you are a medical provider you can go to the New York State Health Department website and printout an order form for Health Care Proxies to be sent to you for free!

Click here to find the printable Health Care Proxy order form.

Do you have a Health Care Proxy?  Would you like one for free?  Come to one of our events and we will give one to you.  We want to help you get this whole proxy thing started and completed.  It is a one page document.  We can help make this process simple.

Click here to find more information about what a Health Care Proxy is here in New York State.


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