New Rights for Florida Patients
Attention Floridians, your Bill of Rights changed on July 1, 2017, and Susan Scherer of RN Cancer Guides Solutions helped draft these new provisions affecting medical appointments for patients.
Passed by Florida legislators in May and signed by Gov. Scott in June, The Rights and Responsibilities of Patients Bill (CS/HB 1253) allows patients to be accompanied by any person of his or her choosing in a healthcare facility or provider’s office. A summary of CS/HB 1253 is available at Florida Senate’s website.
In addition to helping to draft the bill, Scherer traveled to Tallahassee to work with the Health and Human Services Committee and members of congress to file the bill and get it unanimously passed.
“With everything going on in healthcare, I decided to focus on what I could actually change,” said Scherer, whose Tampa-based business includes a team of oncology nurses helping cancer patients nationwide. “This amendment ensures a patient’s right to bring persons of their choosing, including nurses like myself, to appointments for positive support.”
According to Scherer, patients often go into appointments disadvantaged due to Illness or intimidated due to lack of medical knowledge. Studies have shown lower health costs due to better outcomes and compliance when patients have someone with them to help ask questions and take notes.
“This new bill protects patients, who now have the legal right to have a non-family member with them during medical appointments, including inpatient or outpatient care,” added Scherer.
Based in Tampa, RN Cancer Guides Solutions is a specialized team of Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN) committed to providing peace of mind, comfort, and confidence throughout an individual’s diagnosis of cancer. Led by Susan Scherer, RN, BSN, OCN, the firm is built on the belief that everyone should have the one-on-one benefit of a personal nurse to help patients create, understand, and manage each step of their treatment plan. In addition to patients, the firm works with employers nationwide on strategies for reducing cancer claims costs, managing absenteeism, promoting network utilization, and offering supportive programs for managers and coworkers. Contact RN Cancer Guides Solutions at 1-844-RN Guide or e-mail info@RNCancerGuides.com.