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Week Ahead: National Healthcare Decision Day shines light on advance directives
Modern Healthcare

April 16: You know the saying, the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Well, National Healthcare Decision Day comes on the heels of tax day. Organized by the Conversation Project, an offshoot of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, it’s a day designed to highlight the importance of advance planning and to “encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.” According to a 2017 study in Health Affairs, only 36.7% of Americans have an advance directive.