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Mandated Disclosure of Medical Futility Policies

Following Michigan and several other states (see, for example, here and here), new Oregon legislation would require hospitals to disclose their medical futility policies.  

S.B. 524 provides in part:

“A health care facility that has a policy concerning the provision of life-sustaining procedures that are not likely to benefit a patient’s or resident’s medical condition shall make the policy available in writing. The facility must provide the written policy to any patient or resident who is admitted to the facility within 12 hours of the admission.”

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