"It Always Seems Too Early, Until It's Too Late"
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Tomorrow is the 9th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), a day set aside to encourage everyone age 18 & older to have family discussions about personal values & beliefs, to choose a spokesperson, & to complete a health care proxy (known in some states as a durable power of attorney for health care). NHDD is a call to action.

"It always seems too early, until it's too late." JoAnn unfortunately knows this & was willing to share her family story with us in 2007. JoAnn's story & PSA align with this year's NHDD theme.

Who: You, your family, loved ones & friends. Everyone 18 years of age & older! 

What: Speak with your husband, your wife, your loved ones & your doctor about your values, beliefs & what is important to you.  

Where: Your home, around the kitchen table or wherever your family gathers to discuss important issues. 

When: April 16 (NHDD) or any time your family gathers, like our family's annual Thanksgiving tradition since 1992!

Why: Anyone can face acute illness or injury & lose the ability to make medical decisions. "It Always Seems too Early, Until It's Too Late."  Starting advance care planning discussions early will ensure your care & treatment is directed by someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf. Early conversation eases anxiety for your loved ones & provides peace of mind.

How: Real stories can help you start the conversation. Share your story or use the Advance Care Planning videos on the CompassionAndSupport YouTube Channel, including JoAnn's story & PSA.

Start Your Conversation Today:  Read about the difference between advance directives & medical orders. Review the Advance Care Planning resources on CompassionAndSupport.org. Check out ReachMD's podcast series on the 2014 Dying in America report, & review Conversation Resources that align with the report. Share resources with family & friends. 


Raise Awareness Through Social Media: Follow @PatBombaMD, @KatieGOrem & @MOLSTMeg on Twitter. Use #NHDD & #NHDDNY in your tweets. Like CompassionAndSupport on Facebook & encourage friends to do so.

Consider Joining The NHDD NYS Coalition: While NHDD is just 1 day, the coalition works year-round to promote the value of advance care planning, health care proxies & MOLST. If you live in New York State & are interested in sharing your skills & expertise while growing professionally & creating sustainable community education on advance care planning, please join the NHDD NYS Coalition by contacting Meg today!

Thank you for your support of NHDD! Please forward this email to colleagues, family & friends.


Patricia A. Bomba, MD, FACP 

Vice President & Medical Director, Geriatrics

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield & MedAmerica Insurance Company

Chair, MOLST Statewide Implementation Team & eMOLST Program Director

Chair, National Healthcare Decisions Day NYS Coalition