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Why Your Healthcare Directive Must Include HIPAA Language

HIPAA Patient Health Records Healthcare Directives

Without a HIPAA release in your document, you are rolling the dice on your medical future.

Though HIPAA appropriately protects patient information, it has created more complexity for those making treatment choices on behalf of a patient who is unable to speak for herself. Without the right HIPAA language, your decision-makers might not have visibility to important information […]

 

A Beautiful Heart-to-heart Between Tom Brokaw and His Daughter

Tom Brokaw TedX end-of-life talk

How Tom Brokaw’s daughter pushes her father to prepare for future healthcare decisions.

Tom Brokaw was my news guy. For years, I enjoyed the evening news with Tom delivering the day’s events with his strong voice, comforting style and his thoughtful approach. I rather miss him.
I recently came upon a marvelous TedX video featuring Tom Brokaw and his daughter, Jennifer. She is an Emergency Room physician. In this powerful and sometimes humorous exchange, father and daughter discuss preparing for future and end-of-life healthcare […]

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

Why patients should initiate advance care planning.

Medicare’s recent decision to reimburse physicians for end-of-life conversations is a clear victory for advance care planning. However, given the reality that most healthcare providers have little to no experience in the art of advance care planning and are reluctant participants at best, we—that’s YOU and ME—need to initiate these important conversations with our doctors. We have to own the responsibility of defining our own treatment preferences in a medical emergency if […]

Will Your Family Have the Right Answers? Be “Hospital Ready.”

Hospital Ready Cover

Your medical care could depend on it.

I was sitting next to the fireplace one evening, all cozy in my “comfies” when my phone rang. “Your dad has been taken by ambulance to the emergency room. You need to get to the hospital quickly,” said my father’s friend. I’ve received that phone call twice in the past few years. The first time, Dad’s heart rate was racing; his pulse reached 180. Surgery followed. The last time, his pulse was in the 30’s. Fortunately, Dad’s ok. He’s 84 and doing well now. But I never know when the next call will come. If you have older parents or loved ones, you[…]

Anne’s Book

I am the author of My Voice, My Choice: A Practical Guide to Writing a Meaningful Healthcare Directive. 

My book makes the process of writing and communicating a healthcare directive approachable for everyone.

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I educate and inspire families to Plan Well, Live Well, and Finish Well. I help families to prepare for future healthcare decisions so that they can experience greater peace of mind and be ready for whatever may come.

Healthcare Directive System & Coaching Program

Anne is an amazing teacher who clearly and gently explains everything you need to know and more about Healthcare Directives and Agents. Anne’s program has been a blessing to me and my family.”

–  Nancy Staloch  •  Healthcare Choices from the Heart student  •  Minneapolis, MN

7 Practical Steps to Prepare Your Family for Your Passing

7 Practical Steps to Prepare Your Family for Your Passing ...

When will we—you, me, our loved ones—overcome our denial regarding our certain death? 7 practical steps will help you and your family prepare for your eventual passing.

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Epilogue: 3 Key Challenges To Live with Greater Intention

Epilogue: 3 Key Challenges To Live with Greater Intention ...

What will your epilogue say about your life? These 3 helpful strategies can inspire you to live now with greater intention — one change at a time.

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What Decisions Will Your Healthcare Agents Make?

What Decisions Will Your Healthcare Agents Make? ...

Will your healthcare agents be equipped with clear guidelines in your living will to make medical decisions on your behalf in a crisis? Are you sure?

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5 Faulty Assumptions That Will Sabotage Your End-of-life Care

5 Faulty Assumptions That Will Sabotage Your End-of-life Care ...

You can spare your family from painful conflict and worry by avoiding these 5 faulty assumptions as you thoughtfully prepare for future care decisions.

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5 Steps to Create an Effective Healthcare Directive

5 Steps to Create an Effective Healthcare Directive ...

What if the end of your life isn’t just about you? Creating a roadmap for the decisions that might be required can protect you and your loved ones.

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Do You Have An Exit Strategy for the End of Your Life?

Do You Have An Exit Strategy for the End of Your Life? ...

How you leave your life can cause emotional wounds or beautiful blessings for loved ones. Answering 3 key questions can help you prepare to leave gently.

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Which Healthcare Directive Documents Do You Need?

Which Healthcare Directive Documents Do You Need? ...

Should you write healthcare instructions OR a healthcare power of attorney or both? Learn how to evaluate your circumstances to decide what’s best for you.

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Are You Ready for a Healthcare Directives Coach?

Are You Ready for a Healthcare Directives Coach? ...

Like a trainer can help you lose weight, a healthcare directives coach can help you get your advance healthcare directives done. It’s time to get this done!

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Coping with Pain: 7 Principles to Staying Strong

Coping with Pain: 7 Principles to Staying Strong ...

We often forget something important when we experience pain. Pain is for the living—for those of us who still have the chance of a lifetime. Learning how to respond to pain is a life skill worth cultivating.

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3 Principles That Characterize a Genuine Apology

3 Principles That Characterize a Genuine Apology ...

Truly apologizing for a mistake requires more than a passing, “I’m sorry.” A genuine apology encompasses 3 powerful principles to restore a relationship.

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