Designations of Patient Advocate 3.12.12

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Designations of Patient Advocate 3.12.12

  1. 1. DESIGNATIONSOF PATIENT ADVOCATE Winter 2012
  2. 2. SOME DEFINITIONS Durable Power of Attorney Patient Advocate Living Will Last Will and Testament Living Trust Durable Power of Attorney for Finance Do Not Resuscitate Order Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
  3. 3. THE TRIGGERING EVENT The Patient becomes unable to make decisions about his or her medical or mental health care. Incapacity can be permanent or temporary
  4. 4. INCAPACITY DETERMINATION The determination must be made by two licensed professionals Must be in writing and made part of medical record Religious objections to examinations should be in the designation HIPAA considerations
  5. 5. THE PATIENT ADVOCATE Makes those decisions the Patient would make Patient Advocate must adhere to Patient’s expressly stated wishes Power to withhold or withdraw treatment Power to withhold or withdraw food and water Organ donation
  6. 6. WHO TO NAME AS PATIENT ADVOCATE Someone you trust Spouse, child, friend Can I name more than one Patient Advocate?
  7. 7. FORMAL REQUIREMENTS Age 18, competent In writing Signed and dated Eligible Adult Witnesses Part of Patient’s medical record Power not to be exercised until Patient is unable to participate in decisions Formal acceptance by Patient Advocate
  8. 8. REVOCATION OF DESIGNATION Written Revocation Physical Destruction of Document Oral Revocation
  9. 9. MENTAL HEALTH DECISIONS What does it cover? Waiver of the right to revoke as to mental health treatment decisions
  10. 10. WHAT CAN I DO? TAKE ACTION Make Designation of Patient Advocate part of your overall estate plan Contact an attorney
  11. 11. Presented by: HOWARD H. COLLENS GALLOWAY AND COLLENS, PLLC 26075 WOODWARD AVENUE SUITE 200 HUNTINGTON WOODS, MICHIGAN 48070 (248) 545-2500 GALLOWAYCOLLENS.COM Howard@GallowayCollens.com Twitter: @howardcollensDisclaimer   The content of this handout and the accompanying presentation are for informational purposes only.  The information presented does not  create an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to provide legal advice.  As the law is constantly evolving and each case is fact  specific, you should contact a qualified attorney to review and analyze the facts and law as they relate to your individual circumstance.

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