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    Prepare with these Documents

    No one likes paperwork. But it’s an important part of preparing for a surgery or hospital stay. These documents outline your wishes for care, such as the use of life-sustaining treatment. They also tell your care team who’s authorized to make decisions for you if you cannot.

  • Advance directives are legal, written instructions that explain your health care decisions if you’re no longer able to speak for yourself.

    Advance directives include appointing someone as your medical power of attorney, your health care instructions and your living will.

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) includes federal laws to protect the privacy of your health information.

    The Maryland MOLST form:

    • Conveys important information into orders that are valid during your entire health care journey.
    • Increases the likelihood your care team honors your choices on life-sustaining treatments.
    • Reminds you and your doctors of available treatment options.
    • Standardizes definitions.

    A doctor or nurse practitioner may sign your MOLST form. For every new form, you or your authorized decision-maker must receive a copy within 48 hours, or sooner if you’re discharged or transferred. This form is valid across your entire health care experience.

    Medical power of attorney is a legal document that lets you choose someone you know and trust to make health care decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to decide for yourself or your child.

    Medical power of attorney form (PDF)

    For more information, call our Patient Advocacy team at 443-481-4820 or 443-481-4821.