What are Advanced Healthcare Directives and do I need them?

Advanced Healthcare Directives include a healthcare power of attorney, a health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) authorization, a living will, and an anatomical gift instruction.  You need these directives because they provide guidance for doctors and nurses to care for you in accordance with your wishes in the event you cannot make decisions for yourself.  Families often have difficulty with making decisions for an incapacitated loved one and these directives give guidance to families too.


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