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Hospitals urged to train staff on visitation policies
Modern Healthcare

Now that nearly all hospitals are legally required to grant full visitation privileges to patients’ same-sex partners, experts say it’s time for hospital boards to adopt new visitation policies and train staff on following them.

A publication issued jointly by the American Health Lawyers Association and the Human Rights Campaign (PDF) urges hospital officials to examine their visitation rules and make sure they comply with the new Medicare condition of participation and the Joint Commission’s revised standards on protecting and promoting patient rights.