Advance Health Care Directive

An advance health care directive designates a person to make important health care and end-of life decisions when an incapacitated person is no longer capable of making those decisions. Also, privacy laws prohibit doctors and other health care providers from communicating with loved ones about health care matters or otherwise sharing private medical information during a time of incapacity. To address this issue an advance health care directive also includes a HIPAA authorization. A HIPPA authorization allows medical professionals (such as doctors, nurses and emergency responders) to discuss the condition and treatment with the designated person.