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:

  1. Reinstate the requirements under the Patient Self-Determination Act that encourage hospitals to inform patients about their advance directive policies.
  2. Issue guidance to urge physicians to engage in advance care planning visits with patients in advance of hospitalization available via telehealth through Medicare.
  3. Allow electronic authentication of advance directives for certifying patient wishes.
  4. Urge clinicians to utilize advance care planning tools that address COVID-19 realities.

Learn more about our letter to CMS and the waiver.