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National Healthcare Decisions Day aims to educate on end-of-life planning

| Monday, April 11, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Palliative Care Attending Physician Winnie Teuteberg, MD (right) and Palliative Care Fellow Christine Glaser (left) make their rounds Friday April 8, 2016 at Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland. Teuteberg is medical director of community supportive services for UPMC, and counsels patients who are facing death in the next months.

Health care organizations around the country are encouraging adults to set aside time April 16, designated National Healthcare Decisions Day, to talk about end-of-life health care planning.

More information, conversation starters and advance planning documents are available at nhdd.org. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has information on end-of-life planning at closure.org.

UPMC is calling Medicare recipients in the five-county greater Pittsburgh area April 28 at 11 a.m. to see if they want to participate in a 20- to 30-minute conversation with University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Chief of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics Robert Arnold and Julian Gray, an elder law attorney. Anyone can join by calling 877-228-2184 and entering code 111835.

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