What You Need to Know
HMH is implementing a new network policy about surrogate decision making for adult patients who lack decision making capacity.
This policy details the hierarchy of surrogate decision makers who may act on behalf of adult patients who lack decision making capacity.
The network wide policy will be live and effective August 10, 2021 at all HMH facilities and practices.
- To view the policy, please click here.
- To view the related education, which is mandatory in LMS for all impacted physicians and team members, please click here. Note: impacted physicians and team members will receive this assignment via LMS.
- To supplement this education, a recording is also available, which provides additional detail about decision making capacity, as well as nuances of the policy. Please click here to view and listen to the recording.
At Hackensack Meridian Health, we are committed to providing the highest level of care to patients consistently across our network. This includes implementing uniform policies and procedures that provide our physicians and team members with clear and reliable guidance and advance our organizational commitment to uphold the highest bioethical standards and provide patient- and family-centered care.
This policy will be new to some campuses in our network and a shift in practice for others. Please complete the mandatory education and review the additional resources available to ensure this policy is consistently implemented in care delivery across HMH.