NHPCO Joins with MedicAlert Foundation for new Opportunity for Securing and Communicating Healthcare Wishes in Cases of Emergency

For Immediate Release:
May 08, 2012

Advance Healthcare Planning Ensures Last Wishes are Honored

(Alexandria, VA) When the unexpected occurs, it’s important that your loved ones know your wishes regarding your medical care. Advance Directives provide a means for documenting your preferred treatment options if you are unable to speak for yourself in a medical emergency.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides information and guidance on Advance Directives and now, through a collaborative effort with MedicAlert Foundation, these written documents are safely and confidentially stored, communicated and made available when and where they are needed.

“This is a great opportunity not only to encourage these important discussions among family members and loved ones, but to make the process of storing and accessing advance directives secure and easy,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO.

Consumers may purchase the Advance Directive Management Service for $50 which includes five years of document storage and accessibility, live 24/7 emergency response and family notification services, and an emergency wallet card with information on how to access the individual’s Advance Directives.

“We are committed to providing consumers and our members with the best quality healthcare available. For people with no existing health condition, the quality and choice of care is still a big concern. Through this advance directive service, we give patients who are unable to speak for themselves in an emergency situation a voice in deciding their preferred medical treatment,” said Andrew Wigglesworth, MedicAlert president and CEO.

To learn more about Advance Directives, visit: www.caringinfo.org. To learn more about this MedicAlert service, visit: www.medicalert.org.