HIPPA-compliant Health Care Power of Attorney (POA)
A living will or advance medical directive is an important part of any estate plan. While a power of attorney allows an attorney-in-fact to be appointed to make financial decisions, a living will allows a health care surrogate to be appointed to assist with medical or healthcare-related decisions if an individual becomes incapacitated or too sick to make decisions regarding one’s health.
The issues raised in appointing a health care surrogate include:
- Life-Prolonging Treatment (decision as to whether treatment be withheld or withdrawn, and that the individual be permitted to die naturally with only the administration of medicine or medical treatment necessary to alleviate pain);
- Artificial Nutrition & Hydration (decision as to whether artificially provided food, water, or other nourishment or fluids should be withheld or withdrawn, also known as tube feeding)
- Surrogate Designation Controls (decision as to whether the appointed individual has discretion to determine what is in the patient’s best interests generally after consultation with a doctor)
- Express your wishes regarding organ donation.
Our Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana probate & estate planning attorney can help prepare a HIPAA-compliant living will so that your wishes are properly carried out.