Available here are several items
for learning more about Maryland's Health Care Decisions Act and related
The text of the Act (as
amended through 2014 legislation).
A summary of the
3. A description of "health care proxies" - those
who make decisions on behalf of patients who cannot do so personally.
PowerPoint slide shows. One presents on the Act's framework for health
care decisionmaking. This presentation is designed
primarily for clinicians.
Download the powerpoint
The other, on
advance care planning and advance directives, is intended for general audiences.
the powerpoint presentation
If you would like a
representitive from the Attorney General's Office to do a presentation at your
facility or group, please call (410) 576-6327.
5. Charts that set out a decision tree for use by physicians and
surrogates with equal authority (e.g., adult children) decide among themselves
who they want to act as the sole surrogate. In terms of the Health Care
Decisions Act, the others make themselves “unavailable” by agreement. This is
explained in the letter at this link: www.oag.state.md.us/healthpol/knutson.pdf.
An example of a
surrogate decision making agreement may be accessed here.
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