Sunday, October 21, 2012

Michigan Legislation to Require Disclosure of Medical Futility Policies

In April, I described proposed legislation in Minnesota that would have required hospitals to disclose the existence and content of institutional futility policies.  Along very similar lines, a few days ago, Michigan introduced SB 1343, the Medical Good-Faith Provisions Act.

Basically, the bill would amend the Michigan Public Health code to require: "a health facility or agency that maintains a medical futility policy that applies to the treatment of a patient from birth to 18 years of age shall, upon request, provide a copy of that medical futility policy to the patient, prospective patient, or parent or legal guardian of the patient or prospective patient."


2 comments:

Ronn said...

So this bill would only apply to minors?

Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D. said...

The Minnesota bill - which Michigan apparently copied (or they both originated from the same source) - also applied to only Children's Hospitals.