Provision of Health Care Information.
Health care entities are generally prohibited from limiting health care providers from providing accurate and comprehensive information to patients about the patient's health status and treatment options, including information about available services and what relevant resources are available in the community and how to access those resources.
Death with Dignity Act.
The Death with Dignity Act allows Washington adult residents that have a terminal illness with six months or less to live to request medication that the patient may self-administer to end his or her life. Health care providers are not required to participate, and health care providers may prohibit participation on their premises. Health care providers may sanction other health care providers for participating unless the participation occurs outside of the course and scope of the provider's capacity as an employee or independent contractor.
A health care entity may not limit the following if a health care provider is acting in good faith, within their scope of practice, education, training, and experience, and within the accepted standard of care:
"Medically accurate information" is defined as information that is verified or supported by research in compliance with scientific methods, is published in peer-reviewed journals, where appropriate, and is recognized as accurate and objective by professional organizations and agencies with expertise in the relevant field.
In addition, a health care entity may not prohibit a health care provider from providing health services in cases in which failure to provide the services would pose a serious risk to an individual's life or health or would violate the standard of care provided that the health care provider is acting in good faith, within their scope of practice, education, training, and experience, and within the accepted standard of care.
Death with Dignity Act.
An employing health care provider may not contractually prohibit an employee health care provider from participating in the Death with Dignity Act while outside of the employment relationship and not on the employing health care provider's premises. A health care provider who does participate in the Death with Dignity Act outside the course and scope of an employment relationship with a health care provider who prohibits participation is required to be at a location not on the employer's premises.