On April 15, 2010, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on Hospital Visitation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Memorandum tasked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop proposed requirements for hospitals to address visitation rights for patients. In response, on June 18, 2010, CMS issued a proposed rule that would require hospitals to implement written policies and procedures regarding the visitation rights of patients. Under the proposed rule, hospitals must inform patients of their visitation rights, any clinical restrictions on those rights, and their right to receive any visitors that they designate. Visitors must not be restricted or denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Hospitals must also ensure that all visitors designated by the patient enjoy visitation privileges that are no more restrictive than those for immediate family members. CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule.
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