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April 10, 2019

Healthcare Decisions: Not Fun, But Necessary

Absolutely no one wants to focus on a point in time where they are so sick or incapacitated that crucial medical decisions must be made. With that in mind, Nathan A. Kottkamp, a Richmond-based McGuire Woods health care lawyer, founded National Healthcare Decisions Day. Each year on April 16, it prods all of us to remember the importance of advance medical planning.

The movement, currently in its twelfth year, has spread nationwide and aims to help people formalize their plans 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.

Now an initiative of The Conversation Project, National Healthcare Decisions Day encompasses all 50 states in an effort to encourage the public to make these hard decisions through the widespread availability of simple, free, and uniform tools to guide the process.

Updated: Apr 10, 2019