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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the implementation of the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA), and the effectiveness of advance directives in ensuring a patient's desired care.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Health and Human Services
|The Secretary of Health and Human Services should analyze whether a mailing about advance directives to Social Security recipients would be a cost-effective way of further meeting the needs addressed by Congress in PSDA and, if not, seek a legislative amendment repealing the requirement.
Closed – Implemented