Bill aims to share medical information to patient caregivers
BATON ROUGE - A proposal aimed at better informing people about the medical tasks they'll need to perform for family members when they're discharged from hospitals is advancing in the Louisiana Legislature.
AARP Louisiana is pushing the measure, which coasted through the Senate health committee with the support of the Louisiana Hospital Association. It could come up for full Senate consideration this week.
The bill would require hospitals to give each patient the opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals would have to attempt to consult with designated caregivers and give them discharge plans describing patients' after-care assistance needs.
Supporters say 21 other states have similar laws on the books.
AARP Louisiana estimates 660,000 people are caring for aging parents or other loved ones, support that helps keep people out of nursing homes.