A new threat to end-of-life care has emerged amid the current tumultuous coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a waiver of some of the provisions of the 1990 Patient Self-Determination Act that could keep patients in the dark about their health and end-of-life care options.
If you believe people should be informed and empowered to choose the end-of-life care they receive, add your name and declare your support today.
We’ve sent a letter recommending that the CMS take these immediate actions to support patient-directed end-of-life care:
- Reinstate the requirements under the Patient Self-Determination Act that encourage hospitals to inform patients about their advance directive policies.
- Issue guidance to urge physicians to engage in advance care planning visits with patients in advance of hospitalization available via telehealth through Medicare.
- Allow electronic authentication of advance directives for certifying patient wishes.
- Urge clinicians to utilize advance care planning tools that address COVID-19 realities.