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02/08/2013

Michigan Bill Requires Futility Policy Transparency

In October, I noted that Michigan had introduced a bill that would require hospitals to disclose their medical futility policies.  Yesterday, a similar bill was introduced. S.B. 165 imposes just two requirements:

  1. A
    health facility or agency shall not establish or maintain a medical futility
    policy unless that policy is in writing.
  2. A
    health facility or agency that maintains a medical futility policy that applies
    to the treatment of a patient or resident from birth to 18 years of age shall,
    upon request, provide a copy of that medical futility policy to the patient or
    resident, prospective patient or resident, or parent or legal guardian of the patient or resident or prospective patient or resident.

 

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