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CHAP Celebrates National Healthcare Decision Day

On Wednesday May 3, 2017, lawmakers and stakeholders gathered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD). During the event  Ellen Goodman, Founder of The Conversation Project, hosted a discussion featuring Nathan Kottkamp, Founder and Chair of NHDD, Edo Banach, CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Judge Patricia Banks on behalf of the American Bar Association, and Father Charles Bouchard of the Catholic Health Association. The panel discussed the importance of discussing end-of-life care.

According to a 2012 California Healthcare Foundation survey, 90% of respondents said discussing end-of-life care is important, however only 27% have actually had that conversation with their friends and family. The same survey found that while 80% of individuals feel it is important make plans with their doctor surrounding end-of-life care only 7% have done so.

During Wednesday’s event, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) were on hand to discuss their efforts to promote legislation that supports advance care documentation. Without these documents, decisions surrounding end-of-life care may be left to the healthcare system, or lead to intense family discussions.

At CHAP we believe that individuals should make time to discuss their wishes surrounding end-of-life care as early as possible to provide peace of mind for both patients and their families. For more information on how to start the discussion visit the Conversation Project, or NHDD websites.