Those of you whose Health Care Directives pre-date 1996 don't have the medical records release. That's a reason in itself to consider a new one, but it's also likely that the person you named as your agent - or backup agent - almost 20 years ago may no longer be the right choice. Plus, I would be nervous that an authorizing document that old might be considered too stale to be recognized when the critical need arises - and it will be too late at that point to execute a new one. Check yours out if you can still find the copies, or let me know and I'll make more for you.
In the meantime, I want to make sure those of you without a medical records authorization are covered, as well as any of you who may want someone else to have access to your medical environment. We'll supply the necessary form free of charge if you give us a call, and I think you'll be able to figure out how to complete it - unlike many we have to wrestle with on a regular basis.
I've added to the form that a copy of the original should be honored; however, it might be a good idea to have several originals, just in case a hospital or physician requires that for their records. We'll also be happy to hold an original for you here if that would be helpful in a pinch.
(Posted on 04/05/2013)