Health Care Decision Day: Planning For End-Of-Life Care | WYPR

Health Care Decision Day: Planning For End-Of-Life Care

Apr 15, 2016

Marian Grant, Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.
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Tomorrow is National Health Care Decision Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about end-of-life planning. 

Many Americans do not have a plan in place for end-of-life healthcare. While it's important to plan and write an advanced care directive, it is equally important to communicate your wishes to loved ones so they aren't left guessing. Marian Grant is the Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.  She’s also an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a certified nurse practitioner who practices on the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Palliative Care Service. Last year Dr. Grant was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, and she worked both in Nancy Pelosi’s office and at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Marian joins Tom to discuss the importance of having an end-of-life healthcare plan.  Need help with starting a conversation with your loved ones? Check out the Conversation Project. Additional information about end-of-life-care and advanced directive forms can be found here.