On May 28thGovernor Markell signed House Bill No. 64, the Delaware Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment or “DMOST” Act. The legislation establishes a clinical process to facilitate communication between an adult patient with a “serious illness or frailty” and the patient’s physician (or other health care practitioner licensed to write medical orders under Title 24 of the Delaware Code) who “would not be surprised if [the patient] died within the next year” regarding what life-sustaining treatments, if any, the patient wishes to receive. Based on that consultation, the legislation allows the physician to complete a DMOST form documenting the patient’s wishes as a medical order intended to be honored by personnel attending the patient in any health care setting, including the patient’s home, a health care institution, or by emergency personnel.
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