No More 'Family Only': Hospital Rules To Let Patients Decide Who Can Visit

Time Magazine's Healthland reports here:

In a victory for patients and their loved ones, a new federal regulation was announced Wednesday that dramatically loosens the rules on hospital visitors. Beginning two months from now, any hospital that cares for Medicare or Medicaid patients must give patients control over who's allowed to visit their bedsides. This means hospitals will no longer be permitted to limit visitors to “family” or “immediate family."

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