Last chance to help us reach our advance directives goal!
12 April 2012
There are only a few days left before National Health Care Decisions Day
, April 16. You still have time to take part in the Medical Society of Virginia’s (MSV) 2012 Lead by Example campaign, which challenges health care providers to lead the way in using the advance directives registry in order to reach a goal of 2,012 registrants. So far, 808 people have registered, but we are still 1,200 registrants away from our goal.
Please take a few moments to lead the way for your staff and patients by uploading your health care advance directive and encouraging them to do the same. For each registrant, the MSV Foundation will dedicate $1 toward advance care planning and programming for providers.
to create a new account where you can securely store your care planning documents. If you do not have an advance health care directive, you can download a blank form here
About the registry
The Commonwealth of Virginia Advance Health Care Directive Registry is a secure tool that allows Virginia residents to store critical planning documents such as advance health care directives, health care power of attorney and declaration of anatomical gift for access by authorized medical providers, emergency responders, and family members. Visit www.virginiaregistry.org
to learn more.
For more tools about advance directives and end of life planning, visit www.msv.org/advancedirectives
Free three-part webinar
There are additional resources to help patients make important, advanced health care decisions. Beginning on April 17, VHQC is launching a free three-part webinar series for providers and community partners, which will cover:
- Supporting patients with making health care decisions
- Understanding the benefits of palliative care and hospice
- Communicating bad news to patients
- Navigating legal and ethical issues
- Encouraging caregivers and families to have conversations about planning for health care in advance
Registration is required in order to receive participation information and webinar materials. The webinars, which will be presented by Judy Lentz, RN, MSN, NHA – CEO of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, will be from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Tues., April 17: Part I - It's all about the conversations
Thurs., May 3: Part II - How to approach the conversation
Tues., May 22: Part III - Handling Conversations at the End Stage
For additional information or to register, please click here.
NHDD presentation by HDJN
In honor of NHDD, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C. (HDJN) put together a presentation on The Virginia Healthcare Decisions Act and the importance of creating an advance directive. Click here to view the presentation.