WA hospitals may face new disclosure rules in wake of religious restrictions

Washington hospitals may have to submit their policies on end-of-life care and reproductive health services to the state Department of Health and also post them online in the wake of proposed state rules addressing religious control of medical services, according to the Seattle Times. The state claims the proposed requirements will help consumers decide where to obtain healthcare services. Lawmakers proposed the changes due to concerns in the community about a wave of affiliations between Catholic healthcare organizations and secular hospitals, including some that are partially tax-supported. The proposed rules are open for comment until Nov 26 and a final rule is expected by Dec. 10. Article