House Bill 64
148th General Assembly (2015 - 2016)
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DELAWARE MEDICAL ORDERS FOR SCOPE OF TREATMENT ACT.
This Act authorizes the use of Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment in Delaware. This document, a “DMOST form,” will allow Delawareans to plan ahead for health-care decisions, express their wishes in writing, and both enable and obligate health care professionals to act in accordance with a patient’s expressed preferences. Section 1 of this Bill adds a new chapter outlining the scope and requirements of a DMOST. The statute authorizes a medical order which is transportable, standardized, and implements a patient's end-of-life care preferences. In order to implement that statute, adjustments are made in Section 2 to the existing advance-care directive statute, and in Section 3 to the statute governing Emergency Medical Services. Section 3 also makes a technical name change within Chapter 97 that was overlooked in a 2003 change to Chapter 97 and adds reference to DMOST in Public Health’s rule writing authority. Section 4 adds language to the Advance Health Care Directive statute to give agents the authority to act pursuant to this new Chapter 25A.