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April 13, 2018

National Healthcare Decisions Day Focuses Spotlight on Advance Planning

“It always seems too early, until it’s too late.”

Healthcare Decisions Day returns on Monday for its 11th annual week of action centered around health care decisions related to end-of-life care and medical decision-making. Virginians are encouraged to create and update their advance medical directives with the help of resources and forms compiled by the Virginia State Bar via the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Advance Directives.

Monday, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day and kicks off a week of themes around which people and providers can start important conversations with their patients, loved ones, and friends. 

Founded in the commonwealth as Virginia Advance Directives Day in 2006, the program went national in 2008 and is responsible for thousands of advance directives being filled out and filed with doctors, family, and registries. 

Now an initiative of The Conversation Project, National Healthcare Decisions Day spans the 50 states in an effort to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to the public, providers, and facilities through the widespread availability and dissemination of simple, free, and uniform tools to guide the process.

Updated: Apr 13, 2018