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."


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.