Advance Directives are specific legal forms, approved by the Maryland Legislature, in which you can give direction concerning end-of-life decisions, such as the use of life-sustaining treatment.
Advance Directives include Appointment of a Health Care Agent for Health Care Decision-Making; Health Care Instructions; and Living Will.
The Appointment of a Health Care Agent (Medical Power of Attorney) is a legal document that lets you name someone you know and trust to make decisions for you concerning health care for your child in the event that you are not able. Anne Arundel Medical Center provides this information to all patients as part of a legislative requirement. It is not related to your diagnosis and is meant to make you aware of your health care options. For more information, call Patient Advocacy at (443) 481-4820 or -4821.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) includes federal laws to protect the privacy of your health information.
Maryland MOLST is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient's wishes about medical treatments. Effective October 1, 2011, a Maryland MOLST form must be completed for all individuals admitted to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, home health agencies, and dialysis centers. All hospital patients that are being discharged or transferred to one of these facilities above or another hospital must have a MOLST form completed.The Maryland MOLST order form:
The order form may be signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner. Every time a form is completed, a copy must be given to the patient or authorized decision maker within 48 hours, or sooner if the patient is discharged or transferred.
The MOLST form is valid across the continuum of care. Even if the doctor is not on staff at a facility, it is still a valid order and must be honored.<< Take me home