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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

Avoiding Decision Fatigue at the Worst Possible Time

Avoiding Decision Fatigue at the Worst Possible Time ...

Leaving this world gently can be part of your legacy. Avoid decision fatigue for loved ones when they are most vulnerable by making your end-of-life choices in advance.

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Time to Get This One Done!

Time to Get This One Done! ...

Writing and communicating a meaningful healthcare directive is a gift to those you love. Your family will be immeasurably grateful if you invest your time and energy to get this one done.

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Avoid End-of-Life Healthcare Risks and Pain

Avoid End-of-Life Healthcare Risks and Pain ...

The process of dying has hidden risks for the patient and for family members. By completing these 4 steps, you can reduce end-of-life risks and spare your family from unnecessary pain.

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Avoiding Hazards at the End of Life

Avoiding Hazards at the End of Life ...

Lack of planning for future and end-of-life healthcare decisions can trigger any number of hazards for the patient, the family and even doctors. Why risk it?

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What’s Missing on your Bucket List?

What’s Missing on your Bucket List? ...

If you’re like many people, you have a bucket list that captures your lifetime goals. But I’ll bet there’s something crucial missing from your bucket list. Find out what you need to add in 2016.

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

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

In this powerful TedX message, Tom Brokaw and his daughter, an ER physician, discuss end-of-life healthcare choices. Even Tom Brokaw has difficulty articulating his preferences. I love how his daughter pushes him to describe his wishes with greater clarity.

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How Suffering Helped Michele Cushatt Embrace Her Mortality

How Suffering Helped Michele Cushatt Embrace Her Mortality ...

Speaker and author Michele Cushatt penned these poignant words as she described how she learned to embrace her mortality: “The only way to embrace life is to equally embrace death. We may turn our heads or squeeze shut our eyes, but death will not be denied. It’s reality, for every living, breathing human.”

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What If This Was Your Last Month To Live?

What If This Was Your Last Month To Live? ...

What if you knew this was your last month to live? What would you do differently if your days were numbered? The Paris attacks have certainly heightened my desire to live each day with greater love and appreciation.

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4 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor ...

Given the reality that most healthcare providers have little experience in the art of advance care planning, you need to ask your doctor 4 key questions to initiate end-of-life planning conversations.

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Choose Your Journey

Choose Your Journey ...

Zip lining is a blast! Rather unexpectedly, I discovered zip lining bears 4 interesting parallels to the end-of-life journey. You might be surprised!

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