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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. 


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