Durable Health Care Power of Attorney or Healthcare Proxy
A Durable Health Care Power of Attorney (DHCPOA) gives the person you name specific authority to make medical decisions for you when you are not able to make your choices about treatment known. Your Health Care Power of Attorney may make decisions about your medical treatment including life support decisions unless you have a Living Will or Advanced Directives. Sometimes the person you name is called a “Health Care Proxy.”
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), your doctor, hospitals or long term care facilities may be prevented from giving out any information about your condition to anyone who isn’t your Health Care Power of Attorney.
You can download a copy of the Rhode Island Durable Power of Attorney For Health Care to be used in Rhode Island here.
It is strongly recommended that you have an attorney assist you in completing a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney.