Creating an advance medical directive is an important part of a complete estate plan. With an advance medical directive, (sometimes informally called a health care proxy or power of attorney) you appoint another person to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so.
The Annapolis advance medical directive attorneys at Bernstein & Feldman, P.A., can guide you through the process of choosing a health care agent in Maryland. We will explain the duties of health care agents and help you determine who may be a good choice for you.
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Many people choose a trusted family member or friend to be their health care agent; you can also appoint someone as an alternate agent. Make sure that the people you choose will act in your best interests and be able to make difficult decisions. An advance medical directive allows your agent to:
- Accept or reject proposed medications and treatments on your behalf, including life support
- Decide where you should be treated and by whom
- Visit you in the hospital, if you choose
- Receive information about your health care when you are incapacitated
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), to discuss an adult's protected medical information with doctors, an agent must have his or her consent. This will be covered in the advance directive.
A living will is often a companion document to an advance medical directive. In a living will, you specify your wishes regarding continuation or termination of life support in cases in which death is imminent. Doctors and hospitals can act on a living will, following your wishes even when you are unable to communicate them.
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