Shared Decision Making Policy

Our map highlights where shared decision making state legislation has been proposed or passed.

Our map highlights where shared decision making state legislation has been proposed or passed.

Shared decision making (SDM) implementation is a strategy that is receiving increased attention from health policy makers as providers, purchasers and regulators explore opportunities to integrate patient-centered concepts into standards of care for clinical practice. We believe SDM has the ability to improve health care delivery at various levels. It improves the informed consent process, has the potential for bridging health disparities and it may impact utilization rates and, therefore, costs. SDM holds promise for improving health care quality, reducing unwarranted variation in care, and improving patient satisfaction.

Our policy section provides an overview of legislative and regulatory activities that have been taken to promote SDM either through state or federal action.

Below is a comprehensive report that builds upon the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) analysis of state health improvement initiatives and discusses the process and potential of shared decision making (SDM) in state legislation.

NASHP Report Cover

A comprehensive report on shared decision making in state and federal legislation. Click to download.

NASHP Report Companion Cover

The report’s companion piece that includes language from state legislation. Click to download.

In this short YouTube video, Ben Moulton, vice president of the Foundation, provides a brief overview of the NASHP report, as well as the Kauffman Report on health care.