The Impact of the Patient Self-Determination Act's Requirement That States Describe Law Concerning Patients' Rights
Teno, Joan M.
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. 1993 Spring; 21(1): 102-108.
As of December 1991, the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) mandated that health care institutions which receive funding from Medicare or Medicaid provide written information about persons' rights to participate in medical decision-making and formulate advance directives. The PSDA required each state "...acting through a State agency, association, or other private nonprofit entity develop a written description of the law of the State (whether statutory or as recognized by the courts of the State) concerning advance directives that would be distributed by providers or organizations under the requirements of [the Act]." This mandate allowed each state considerable flexibility in its approach to the process of writing the state description and to its content. In 1990, the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly prepared and distributed the
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