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What's a Health Care Proxy and Why Do I Need One?

If you become incapacitated who will make your medical decisions?A health care proxy allows you to appoint someone ...

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Communicating End-of-Life Wishes Pays Off Where Aggressive Treatment Is the Norm

A new study finds that when medical personnel know what kind of care a patient wants at the end of life, Medicare can be spared ..

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Your Medical Directive

Any complete estate plan should include a medical directive. 

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Make Sure Your Power of Attorney Complies with Federal Privacy Law

A power of attorney and a health care proxy are two of the most important estate planning documents you can have, but in some inst...

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New Approach Reduces Unwanted Medical Treatments at End of Life

Nursing home patients are less likely to be subjected to unwanted medical interventions or hospitalizations under a program ...

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Be Cautious of Generic Health Care Proxy Forms

Hospitals often give patients a health care proxy form to sign on being admitted ...

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Administration Abruptly Pulls Plug on Medicare End-of-Life Counseling

Three days after enacting a Medicare regulation that would have reimbursed doctors ...

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Robin Williams' Death Laid to Underdiagnosed Form of Dementia

Although depression was initially given as the cause of actor Robin Williams’ suicide in 2014, his widow says autopsy results lay the blame on Lewy body dementia, a fairly common but hard-to-diagnose form of dementia. 

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