Massachusetts Medical Society: Health Care Proxies and End of Life Care: News & Resources

Health Care Proxies and End of Life Care: News & Resources

  • Health Care Proxy Information and Forms February 17, 2015

    How to designate a person to make health care decisions for you in case you are unable

  • What Matters Most to You? Helping Patients, Families through the Final Stages of Illness October 1, 2014

    Vital Signs, October 2014 - As physicians we want to foster a culture where conversations about the patients’ current and future health care goals are embedded into their care.

  • Physician Focus: Planning for the End August 8, 2014

    Advance care planning is the term for the planning we do as our health care becomes complicated and as we need to make challenging decisions about our care, often towards the end of life. Planning becomes an integral part of most people’s lives at an early age, and most of us are always planning...

  • Massachusetts Moving to Online Death Certificates January 28, 2014

    Vital Signs February 2014 -- Beginning this spring, Massachusetts physicians will transition from the current paper-based death certificate to a web-based electronic death registration system.

  • Facing End of Life Issues April 9, 2009

    End-of-life issues are never easy to discuss or experience, but they reach every one of us at one time or another, whether as a patient, a loved one, or family member.

  • Important Differences Between Health Care Proxies and Living Wills August 1, 2000

    Advance Directives, such as Health Care Proxies and Living Wills, allow people to retain control over medical decisions. Massachusetts law allows people to make their own Health Care Proxies, but does not officially recognize Living Wills.

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