An Act To Increase Patient Choice in Health Care Facilities and Health Care Settings
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1833 is enacted to read:
§ 1833. Information disclosure and patient choice
The following provisions apply to hospitals, nursing facilities, hospice providers, home health agencies and physicians licensed in the State in order to improve disclosure of information to patients and increase patients' choices.
Sec. 2. Rules regarding the responsibilities of medical directors in nursing facilities. The Department of Health and Human Services shall amend its rules regarding licensure of nursing facilities, Rule Chapter 110, chapter 16, to require that the responsibilities of a facility's medical director meet the requirements of the guidelines for nursing facilities issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
This bill requires the disclosure of information to a patient who is being discharged from a hospital to a nursing facility, hospice provider or home health agency regarding the patient's health care options. It requires information sharing among physicians, nursing facilities, hospice providers, home health agencies and hospitals to facilitate this disclosure. It requires the information to include business connections among hospitals, nursing facilities, hospice providers and home health agencies and physicians. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules on medical directors in nursing facilities to make the rules consistent with federal requirements and designates the rules as routine technical rules.