Advance Directives

An advance directive is written instruction recognized by Ohio and federal laws relating to the provision of healthcare when the authoring individual is incapacitated and unable to speak for him or herself. 

A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a document that names an individual and empowers that person with the authority to make decisions about the provision or withholding of health services when the author/owner is incompetent, in a terminal condition or permanently unconscious.

A Living Will is a document that gives direction to continue, withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment if the author/owner becomes incompetent, declared in a terminal condition or is permanently unconscious.

SummaCare policy, in compliance with federal regulations, requires that physicians document in the outpatient medical record whether or not a member has executed an advance directive.

We encourage you to execute advance directives and provide a copy of each to your primary care physician. This is important because situations for the use of an advance directive often arrive with little or no warning. And, without knowing the wishes of an inflicted individual, loved ones can experience unnecessary emotional turmoil if such decisions must be made.

To obtain more information about advance directives, contact SummaCare Customer Service at the number listed on the back of your member ID card.