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Federal Government Mandates Written Consent for Pelvic Exams in Hospitals Nationwide

HHS Mandates Written Consent for Sensitive Exams in Hospitals

Failure to Obtain Patient Permission Risks Penalties

According to The Columbian, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires hospitals to get written permission from patients before conducting sensitive exams, especially if the patient is unconscious. Failure to obtain permission could lead to penalties or investigations for violating privacy laws and may affect participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to Office of Civil Rights director Melanie Fontes Rainer.

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Federal Government Mandates Written Consent for Pelvic Exams in Hospitals Nationwide. (PHOTO:

Federal Government Concerned About Unauthorized Exams

Health officials, including HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra are worried about patients undergoing exams without consent. Some states have laws requiring patient agreement before such procedures. Federal Government new guidelines mandate hospitals to ensure all exams have patient consent in writing, addressing concerns about patient autonomy.

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