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Medical power of attorney, sometimes called a durable medical power of attorney or power of attorney for health care, is basically a legal document where you appoint an agent to speak on your behalf when you’re unable to communicate on your own behalf or make medical decisions.
The medical power of attorney is effective when you become legally or medically incompetent. It can include as much detail as you want, including your appointed agent. You should also consider adding an alternate agent, in case your primary agent is deceased, unwilling, or for some other reason unable to make medical decisions for you.
You may want to give your agent permission to fill out admission applications for you to medical facilities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. They should also be able to apply on your behalf for Medicare, Medicaid, and other medical insurance forms. But keep in mind, it only comes into effect if you become mentally incapable of making your own medical decisions. It is different from a living will because the medical power of attorney is not just limited to a terminal illness or a vegetative state, it comes into play for any medical decisions if you are not capable of making them. Your medical power of attorney document can also give your agent the power to make your end of life decisions. That’s a lot to consider when designating an agent.
You should spend some time and discuss your medical issues, feelings and beliefs concerning medical treatment, and other related issues with your appointed agent. The medical power of attorney directs your agent to follow your wishes and intent as to medical treatment. The more informed your agent is about your wishes, the better they can make medical decisions for you.
Your medical power of attorney should consider the HIPAA law which protects the privacy of your medical information and makes sure you have access to any medical information about you. Your medical power of attorney should give permission for your agent to be able to discuss your medical issues with the medical professionals and make medical decisions when you are unable to do so.
You need to make sure that any medical professional you deal with gets a copy of your medical power of attorney as will as any hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home, or other medical facility, if you are admitted.
Your medical power of attorney is good in other states, but to make sure your document meets the execution requirements of all the states, you should have your document witnessed by two people who are not related to you and who aren’t responsible for your medical care or bills, and make sure your document is notarized.
If you are interested in learning more, our attorneys at the Meurer Law Offices in Denver can tell you what you need to know about a medical power of attorney and answer your questions and concerns. Call or contact us today for your free initial consultation.