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The Admissions Process: Informed Consent

presented by Cathleen Armato, RN, CHC

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Financial—Cathleen Armato is a shareholder with Armato & Associates, LLC, a health care consulting company. Cathleen Armato receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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We make decisions based on the information we have at the time. Providing patients and their representatives with accurate information during the admission process is an important responsibility because it will drive their decision-making throughout the course of care. Properly informing patients and their representatives of what they are signing or agreeing to can help prevent unnecessary costs to the patient, the hospice, and the Medicare program. This course reviews the medical definition of informed consent and the implications of that definition for hospices.

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Cathleen Armato, RN, CHC

Cathleen Armato is an experienced executive with 22 years in the home care and hospice industry. She has served in various roles during that time, including VP of operations and chief compliance officer for a nationwide healthcare provider. In 2012, Cat became a consultant. Since that time, she has assisted multiple organizations with their compliance…

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1. Informed Consent

In hospice, the term “informed consent” is frequently misunderstood to mean "permission to provide care" or “one of the documents we get signed on admission." This course reviews the importance and intent of informed consent and provides specific areas for hospice application.

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