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.