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CMS to hospital inspectors: Remember equal visitation rights
Modern Healthcare

The CMS on Wednesday offered guidance to state survey agencies—which inspect hospitals on behalf of the CMS—regarding equal visitation and representation rights in hospitals. Last November, the CMS issued a final rule for all hospitals participating in Medicare and Medicaid that was intended to protect a hospital patient’s right to choose his or her visitors during a hospital stay. The rule also enforced a patient’s right to designate a person of his or her choosing—including a same-sex partner—to make medical decisions on the patient’s behalf if he or she became incapacitated.