What are the requirements of a DPA?
The legal requirments for a patient advocate are set forth by a Michigan statute in the Estates and Protected Individuals Code. That statute sets forth four basic requirements for a DPA:
- Must in writing and dated
- Must be witnessed by at least two people who are not related to the patient
- Must be made part of the patient's medical record
- The patient advocate must accept the designation as patient advocate before he can act