It's the Law ....
Did you know?.......about the Federal Patient Self-Determination Act passed in 1990?
The Federal Patient Self-Determination Act requires that all Medicare-participating healthcare facilities inquire about and provide information to patients on Advance Directives; it also requires these facilities to provide community education on Advance Directives.
All healthcare facilities are required to:
Provide information about health care decision-making rights. Patient rights include:
The right to facilitate their own health care decision
The right to accept or refuse medical treatment
The right to make an advance health care directive
Ask all patients if they have an advance directive.
Educate their staff and community about advance directives.
Not discriminate against patients based on an advance directive status.
I bet you didn't.