As readers of my blog you have known for quite a while I am a believer in smaller more efficient government. For the next several weeks I will be posting specific sections of House Bill 3200. The sections will be my objections to the passage of this bill and any bill that attempts to add another Government Entitlement to an all ready bankrupt budget. This current Congress is totally and completely irresponsible regarding what Americans want.I give you House Bill 3200
Advance Care Planning Consultation
- `(hhh)(1) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), the term `advance care planning consultation' means a consultation between the individual and a practitioner described in paragraph (2) regarding advance care planning, if, subject to paragraph (3), the individual involved has not had such a consultation within the last 5 years. Such consultation shall include the following:
- `(A) An explanation by the practitioner of advance care planning, including key questions and considerations, important steps, and suggested people to talk to.
- `(B) An explanation by the practitioner of advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of attorney, and their uses.
- `(C) An explanation by the practitioner of the role and responsibilities of a health care proxy.
- `(D) The provision by the practitioner of a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families with advance care planning, including the national toll-free hotline, the advance care planning clearinghouses, and State legal service organizations (including those funded through the Older Americans Act of 1965).
- `(E) An explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title.
- `(F)(i) Subject to clause (ii), an explanation of orders regarding life sustaining treatment or similar orders, which shall include--
- `(I) the reasons why the development of such an order is beneficial to the individual and the individual's family and the reasons why such an order should be updated periodically as the health of the individual changes;
- `(II) the information needed for an individual or legal surrogate to make informed decisions regarding the completion of such an order; and
- `(III) the identification of resources that an individual may use to determine the requirements of the State in which such individual resides so that the treatment wishes of that individual will be carried out if the individual is unable to communicate those wishes, including requirements regarding the designation of a surrogate decisionmaker (also known as a health care proxy).
- `(ii) The Secretary shall limit the requirement for explanations under clause (i) to consultations furnished in a State--
- `(I) in which all legal barriers have been addressed for enabling orders for life sustaining treatment to constitute a set of medical orders respected across all care settings; and
- `(II) that has in effect a program for orders for life sustaining treatment described in clause (iii).
- `(iii) A program for orders for life sustaining treatment for a States described in this clause is a program that--
- `(I) ensures such orders are standardized and uniquely identifiable throughout the State;
- `(II) distributes or makes accessible such orders to physicians and other health professionals that (acting within the scope of the professional's authority under State law) may sign orders for life sustaining treatment;
- `(III) provides training for health care professionals across the continuum of care about the goals and use of orders for life sustaining treatment; and
- `(IV) is guided by a coalition of stakeholders includes representatives from emergency medical services, emergency department physicians or nurses, state long-term care association, state medical association, state surveyors, agency responsible for senior services, state department of health, state hospital association, home health association, state bar association, and state hospice association.