With multiple updates and revisions to the State Operations Manual in November, one of the areas that skilled nursing facilities should be mindful of when it comes to to compliance are those related to Advance Directives and the residents’ rights as they relate to medical treatment.
Per the Manual Updates:
(Rev. 127, Issued: 11-26-14, Effective: 11-26-14, Implementation: 11-26-14)
§483.10(b)(4) – The resident has the right to refuse treatment, to refuse to participate in experimental research, and to formulate an advance directive as specified in paragraph (8) of this section.