Care Decisions Act: Text and Educational Materials
here are several items for learning more about Maryland's Health
Care Decisions Act and related law:
1. The text
of the Act (as amended through 2012 legislation).
2. A summary
of the Act.
description of "health care proxies" - those who make
decisions on behalf of patients who cannot do so personally.
PowerPoint slide shows. One presents on the Act's framework for
health care decisionmaking. This
presentation is designed primarily for clinicians.
other, on advance care planning and advance directives, is intended
for general audiences.
you would like a representitive from the Attorney General's Office
to do a presentation at your facility or group, please call
5. Charts that set out a decision tree
for use by physicians and other clinicians.
surrogates with equal authority (e.g., adult children) decide
among themselves who they want to act as the sole surrogate.
In terms of the Health Care Decisions Act, the others make themselves “unavailable” by
agreement. This is explained in the letter at this link: http://www.oag.state.md.us/healthpol/knutson.pdf.
An example of a surrogate decision making agreement may be accessed here.