The Ins and Outs of Informed Consent – Review of Ophthalmology

An effective informed consent process helps maintain good communication between the physician and patient.

This article answers the following questions:

  • What is informed consent? Does informed consent extend beyond the consent form itself?
  • Why should we implement an informed consent process?
  • Who is in charge of gathering informed consent from the patient? Do I have to do it, for can my office staff handle this?
  • How is informed consent obtained and documented?
  • When is informed consent obtained?
  • What information is required to consider the patient “informed”?
  • Are patients expected to sign separate consent forms at hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers?
  • Are there specific procedures that require informed consent?
  • Where can physicians find prototype consent forms?
  • What are some best practices to implement regarding the informed consent process?
  • Are there things to avoid when providing informed consent?

This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below:

See page 16.

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