Standing as a health surrogate doesn’t allow appointees to enter into nursing home arbitration agreements or other business agreements with providers, a Florida appeals court has ruled.

At issue was a nursing home attempting to force claims by a deceased resident’s estate into arbitration since one of the healthcare surrogates had signed an arbitration agreement during admission of the resident.

In making it’s ruling, the court stated:

“The heart of this case is whether a document that designates a healthcare surrogate is broad enough to allow that surrogate to consent to an arbitration provision in a nursing home admission form,” wrote Judge Robert Gross. “We hold that the narrow focus of the document is on the surrogates’ power to make healthcare decisions, not business choices concerning dispute resolution.”

Source: Healthcare surrogates can’t agree to arbitration on behalf of their charges, court rules – News – McKnight’s Long Term Care News