A Lancaster, OH attorney saw an advertisement for a Living Will seminar, to be held at a local hospital, with information presented by a nurse. The attorney, Frank Green, decided to file a complaint with Ohio Supreme Court’s disciplinary counsel. Against the nurse. For practicing law without a license.
Hello? Since 1992, federal law has required hospitals to educate people about these documents, or lose Medicare & Medicaid funding. Oh, and by the way, hasn’t there been something in the news lately about how important these documents are?
What’s even more disappointing than this attorney actually filing the complaint, is the fact that the disciplinary counsel is taking it up. They’ve written a letter to the nurse, giving her until 1 April to respond.
“We’re not giving them legal advice; we’re explaining what their options are,” said David Bickham, a hospital spokesman.
Judy Snyder, Fairfield Medical’s patient-representative supervisor and Phillips’ boss, said the hospital has put on similar seminars twice a month for years.
“I was completely astounded by this whole thing,” she said. “When (Phillips) received a letter from the Supreme Court of Ohio, I almost fainted.”