Family Health Care Decisions Act

David R. Schoenhaar, Esq Ruskin Moscou Faltischek On March 16, 2010, Governor Paterson signed into law the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA). See Chapter 8 of the Laws of 2010 . This new law provides procedures for family members and others close to an incapacitated person to make health care...

April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day

This year marks twenty years since the United States Supreme Court decided Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health and Congress passed the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 . Despite the passage of time, the number of people in the United States with some type of written directive remains...

LaPiana on the New York Family Health Care Decisions Act

The Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) will come into force on June 1, 2010. The legislation adds new Article 29-CC to the New York Public Heath Law ( §§ 2994-a though 2994-s ). The new statutes provide a legal framework for making health care decisions for persons who lack capacity to...

Having Documents is Important. So is Remembering Where You Put them.

Last week I got a frightening phone call. It was the hospital emergency room calling, telling me that my grandmother was there. I won't go into any further details out of respect for her privacy, except to say that she is fine and was discharged the same day. But it was a frightening call nonetheless...