The Latest On Advance Directives

Law360, New York (April 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT) -- For most health care facilities, inquiring of patients and educating the public about advance directives (written instructions that identify people’s health care wishes in the event they cannot speak for themselves) is required by federal law, and the key accreditation agencies have corresponding standards. Among other reasons for these requirements are the fact that advance directives frequently benefit patients, their families and providers by producing more patient-centered care, reduced conflict and greater efficiency.

Under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Conditions of Participation (42 CFR...
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