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What Is a Health Care Advance Directive?

A health care advance directive is a tool that you can use for health care decisions when you cannot speak for yourself.  Such directives include the living will and health care power of attorney, which are written notices that you have made concerning future health care wishes. 

What Is the Patient Self-Determination Act?

The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) is a federal law pertaining to hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs).  Health care institutions that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement must routinely provide information on advance directives when a patient is admitted.

What Is Required under the PSDA?

The PSDA requires health care institutions to do four things: 

Do I Need a Lawyer for My PSDA Issue?

An experienced lawyer can inform you of your rights under the PSDA and would recognize a violation of the law.  A lawyer can also inform you of your options with regard to advance directives.

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Last Modified: 11-15-2012 10:30 AM PST

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