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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[…]

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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.

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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

Is Your Doctor Prepared to Care for You at the End of Life?

Is Your Doctor Prepared to Care for You at the End of Life? ...

As the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Being Mortal, Dr. Atul Gawande is challenging the medical establishment to redesign patient care in the final stages of life. With insight and compassion, he addresses the elephant in the Emergency Room as families confront healthcare decisions for a loved one at the end of life.

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Will EMTs Honor Your Healthcare Wishes?

Will EMTs Honor Your Healthcare Wishes? ...

A POLST can be instrumental when planning for a peaceful end-of-life journey. As a physician’s order, the POLST ensures EMTs deliver all of the care—but only the care—the patient desires.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Life by Preparing for a Good Death

7 Ways to Improve Your Life by Preparing for a Good Death ...

Most adults want a peaceful passing, but few create a plan that loved ones can follow. By preparing for a good death, you will be inspired to live with greater intention, and you will be ready to die with peace.

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Writing the Epilogue for Your Life

Writing the Epilogue for Your Life ...

Imagine a year after your passing, a loved one sits down to write an epilogue to the story of your life. What would it say? I’ve discovered that getting real about your mortality can inspire you to live with greater intention.

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Palliative Medicine Provides Critical Care to Our Economy

Palliative Medicine Provides Critical Care to Our Economy ...

The unsustainable economics of our healthcare system paint a compelling case for the expansion of palliative medicine to address the burgeoning population of older adults approaching the end of life.

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Palliative Care: An Essential Prescription for You and Your Family

Palliative Care: An Essential Prescription for You and Your Family ...

4 Reasons Why Palliative Care Matters to You and Your Family The need for palliative care is growing in our national experience. As our population ages, more patients will require the support of comfort care through a medical crisis or their end-of-life journey. You or someone you love

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A Beautiful Death

A Beautiful Death ...

Palliative care is essential for a beautiful death. Paul Scheier is my role model. At the age of 86, when his cancer had returned, Paul chose to forego hospitals and aggressive treatment. He wanted to experience the best quality of life possible during his remaining days. In

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10 Tips to Live Long, Die Short

10 Tips to Live Long, Die Short ...

Editor’s Note: In honor of Father’s Day, I want to share some personal reflections about my father. At 84 years young, my Dad epitomizes successful aging. To maintain his health and strength, Dad lifts weights and does Pilates several times a week. In the summer months, Dad

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3 Obstacles to a Peaceful Death at Home

3 Obstacles to a Peaceful Death at Home ...

Want to die at home? It takes preparation. An older friend recently shared with me the memory of her grandmother’s passing. Her “Nana” passed away in the late 1930s, during the depth of the depression. After weeks with a deep, persistent cough, pneumonia finally gripped Nana. As was

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Be Careful What You Ask For

Be Careful What You Ask For ...

Healthcare directives require careful wording. Simply checking boxes on a form may not serve your best interest. Instead, write thoughtful guidelines that can direct your care and support your decision-makers.

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