FutureFocus May 16, 2018: Patient’s Right to Freedom of Choice: Key Findings
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
In This Issue
Patient’s Right to Freedom of Choice: Key Findings
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.
Palliative Care Consultations Lowers Hospital Costs: Meta-Analysis of Six Studies Find
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.