Monday, April 15, 2013

Medical Futility Policy Transparency

I have a new post on "Medical Futility Policy Transparency" at


Brad F said...

"Surveyors found that Froedtert violated the patient’s rights under the PSDA because the “hospital failed to notify patient of the hospital’s Medical Futility Policy prior to implementing the policy.”

When do hospitals give appropriate notice? Five minutes before the order writing, 24 hours, at time of admission?

Not sure of threshold.

Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D. said...

Since this is a limit of rights under state law, PSDA would require disclosure of at least the policy's 'existence' at time of admission.

The policy itself should be provided once apparent that it might be invoked.