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Bloomberg Promotes Nathan Kottkamp’s National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative

April 16, 2015

Inspired by a project McGuireWoods attorney Nathan Kottkamp started in 2008 to designate April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day, Bloomberg Business ran an article on April 16 titled “Today’s the Day to Talk About How You Want to Die.” In quoted and paraphrased material, Nathan says he frequently sees situations where families and physicians are forced to make difficult decisions on how and whether to treat a patient who has lost the ability to communicate his or her wishes. An advance directive – a written statement prepared in advance that outlines an individual’s healthcare choices in the event of terminal illness and/or inability to communicate healthcare decisions – would relieve family members of this burden. Subscribers can read the full text of the Bloomberg Business article at www.bloomberg.com.