Saturday, June 2, 2007

Medical directives filed with state

MISSOULA (AP) — Thousands of advance medical directives filed with the Missoula-based Choices Bank are now part of a statewide registry.

The End-of-Life Registry contains information about patients’ end-of-life choices that physicians can access from anywhere in the nation, said Attorney General Mike McGrath, whose office will maintain the registry.
The state’s registry will continue to accept advance directives from anyone over the age of 18. Former Choices Bank participants will be able to use the same identifying information and pass codes to access their files.

The statewide registry absorbed more than 4,600 directives from the Choices Bank and has a total of 5,800 directives.

McGrath said now that the transition is complete, he expects the project’s next effort will be to increase awareness of the registry and its purpose.

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