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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.

Anne Speaks

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

What does Do Not Resuscitate Really Mean?

What does <em>Do Not Resuscitate</em> Really Mean? ...

Stephanie scrambled to find a place for her 89-year-old mom, Betty, after she was discharged from the hospital. During the intake process at the nursing home, the nurse asked Betty her feelings about signing a “Do Not Resuscitate” code status form. Betty was uncertain and a bit

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Living with Peace

Living with Peace ...

Peace. It can be so difficult to experience. In our noisy, busy, overextended lives, experiencing inner peace is a daily challenge. I define peace as quiet contentment and tranquility. Living with peace reflects a sense of harmony and acceptance with life’s journey. Over the past several weeks,

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Warning for Blended Families!

Warning for Blended Families! ...

Discussing end-of-life healthcare preferences is crucial for blended families. The recent death of 82-year-old radio personality Casey Kasem demonstrated the tumult that can arise when adult children and a stepparent disagree over the medical treatment decisions for a loved one. Unfortunately, their dispute became fodder for the

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Do Less, Be More: 10 Principles to Live Well

Do Less, Be More: 10 Principles to Live Well ...

I long to DO less, and BE more. You see, through the first half of my life, I might best have been described as a human DOing. My hours, days and weeks were spent growing up, attending college, getting married, having a career, attending church, and then

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10 Essential Resources to Help You When You’ll Need it Most

10 Essential Resources to Help You When You’ll Need it Most ...

I remember seeing the tiny shape of my baby on the ultrasound monitor when I was pregnant with my first child. I can still remember the anticipation of his birth. With unbridled excitement, I mapped out the resources I would need to be a successful mom. I

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Are You in Denial Regarding the End of Your Life? You’re Not Alone

Are You in Denial Regarding the End of Your Life? You’re Not Alone ...

Fear is a powerful force. We are physiologically designed to respond to fear with a fight-or-flight reaction. We battle and overcome (fight)—or we avoid and deny (flight)—the source of our fear. Fear of death and dying can foster denial. Are you in denial regarding how the end

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How to Talk with Your Parents About Their End-of-life Healthcare Wishes

How to Talk with Your Parents About Their End-of-life Healthcare Wishes ...

Do you know what medical care your parent(s) want in a life-threatening crisis? Will you and your siblings agree on what is best for your mom or dad? Are you dreading this conversation? Avoiding the discussion can have dire consequences. Without clear instructions regarding a parent’s treatment

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Why Beginning with the End in Mind Matters to You

Why Beginning with the End in Mind Matters to You ...

Thank you for visiting my blog.  As we begin this journey together, I want to start by sharing my purpose in writing. I have launched this blog as my contribution to a national conversation about end-of-life care planning. Our country’s aging demographics have heightened the relevance of

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Will You Want Less—or More?

Will You Want Less—or More? ...

“Less is more” is a common phrase bantered about. Will it apply to your choices for end-of-life healthcare treatment? Who will know your wishes? Our healthcare system is designed to deliver all available treatment when a patient is in crisis. The primary objective is, of course, to

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Make Dying Personal – Write a Healthcare Directive

Make Dying Personal – Write a Healthcare Directive ...

One hundred years ago, most stories about the passing of a loved one looked about the same. Family members cared for the sick and dying at home. Family gathered around a loved one, comforting one another as they watched life wane from a father, mother, brother, sister,

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