SC Adult Healthcare Consent Act amended

The South Carolina “Adult Healthcare Consent Act” was signed into law on June 7 and takes effect on January 1, 2014.

A recent bill (S.117 - Hayes) amended the Adult Health Care Consent Act that requires a provider to include an opportunity for the patient to designate an individual with whom the provider may discuss the patient’s medical condition and treatment on the patient information form.

The bill allows, but does not require, that the health care provider may discuss the patient’s medical condition and treatment plan with a designated person.

Patients may be asked in writing, “Do you want to designate a family member or other individual with whom the provider may discuss your medical condition: If yes, who?”

The patient must also be informed that this authorization may be revoked or modified. Again, this is a practice that is already required under federal law and practiced by the majority of SC hospitals.

The bill was amended at the request of SCHA so that no new form was required, and facilities can just add the question to existing patient forms.

All hospitals should be aware of this new state requirement.


Released:
07-25-2013 12:26 (EDT)