FutureFocus May 16, 2018: Patient’s Right to Freedom of Choice: Key Findings

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, we continue our discussions on patient's rights and their preferences to where they want to be cared for. A review of 57 studies provide key findings. The focus on palliative care consultations comes to the forefront in a study of 130,000 adults with serious illness. The study analyzed adults receiving palliative care consultants, and those that did not and the impact to hospital savings. A new rule protecting DME, expanding telehealth and focusing on improved care was announced giving emphasis to rural healthcare.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

By: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Attorney

Based on the common law or court decisions, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA), and regulations of the Medicare Program governing discharge planning in hospitals, patients clearly have the right to freedom of choice of providers. Both providers and patients seem to agree that this right is important to patients.

Results from a JAMA Internal Medicine study examining 130,000 adults with serious illness found palliative care consultations within 3 days of a hospital admission, reduced hospitalization costs, compared to a group that did not receive this care.

An interagency effort seeking to improve access and quality of care for rural Americans was unveiled last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS’ first Rural Health Strategy is intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.

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