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Trusted decision maker

  • Season: Season 1
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  • Featuring: Sean Collins, Dr. Ira Byock, Edo Banach, & Nathan Kottkamp

Dr. Ira Byock, founder of the Providence Institute for Human Caring, discusses a new vision for advance care planning that simply asks individuals to name a trusted decision maker to speak for them in the event they’re not able to speak for themselves. This choice is then entered into the electronic health record by a care provider. Joining Dr. Byock are Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, and Nathan Kottkamp, founder of the National Healthcare Decisions Day.

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  • Seán Collins
  • Nathan Kottkamp
  • Edo Banach
  • Dr. Ira Byock


  • electronic health record
  • tdm
  • providence
  • ehr
  • hospice
  • palliative care
  • trusted decision maker