MO- Adult Health Care Consent Act (2011)
This bill would establish an order of priority for persons to make health care decisions for an individual who is physically or cognitively unable to consent to his or her own health care. If people with equal priority disagree on health care decisions, an authorized person, involved health care provider, or other interested person can petition the probate court to determine what care is to be provided. If a patient communicates to their physician that they don't want a specific person making decisions, the doctor can't overrule the patient. In making decisions, an authorized person must based their decision based on any known wishes of the patient, and if unknown, the patient's best interests. If nobody on the priority list is available, the attending health care professional is authorized to make decisions, but a physician cannot make decisions that would contradict a patient's religious beliefs or expressed instructions. A person acting in good faith who makes a health care decision cannot be subject to criminal or civil liability for the outcome of the decision (same with health care providers, and also includes no disciplinary action).
Bill Number HB 392
Sponsor Representative Bill White
Date of Introduction 2/2/2011
Latest Activity 3/16/2011 HCS voted do not pass.
More Info http://www.house.mo.gov/
Topic: Care Management/ Coordination/ Transitional Care