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Physician Order - Scope of Treatment

POST

 

Advance Directives

End of life decisions are never easily made, especially those concerning healthcare. A new provision passed by the Indiana Legislature that took effect on July1, 2013 will allow patients entering a health care facility in Indiana to be asked whether  they  would  like  to  complete  a  Physician  Order  Scope  of  Treatment, or POST, to direct how life-sustaining treatment will be handled should they be unable to instruct the doctors and staff themselves.

 

What Is POST?

A Physician Order Scope  of  Treatment is  not  the  same  thing  as an advance directive such as a living will, which provides instructions for future treatment and may appoint a person (a health care power of attorney) to make decisions regarding your medical care for you should your medical condition render you unable to do so. Barbara J. Baird, an Indiana attorney experienced in advance directives, can assist you in preparing the necessary documents to ensure that your wishes will be honored.  A POST is completed with  the  assistance of  a  primary  care  physician, and is designed  for  patients  who  are  terminal  or  suffer  from  advanced  chronic conditions.  Once  created,  a POST will  transfer  with  the  patient  through  the health  care  system,  including  doctors,  hospitals,  and  rehabilitation  centers.  If necessary,  a  patient  can  modify  the  document  later,  with  the  help  of  his physician.

 

How POST Differs From A Living Will

Although  some  may  think POST is  a  substitute  for  a  living  will,  if  you  are obtaining medical treatment in Indiana for a terminal or chronic condition, you should  potentially  have  both  documents  to  retain  maximum  control  over  your end-of-life healthcare.  While a POST is a doctor’s order to your medical treatment team regarding what to do or not do in certain situations, particularly in the case of an emergency, no person is appointed to speak for you in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself. In comparison, a health care power of attorney appoints another person to make decisions regarding what medical actions should and should not be taken for your care based upon specific provisions you have made in your living will. This can be especially helpful when family members or friends are unable  to  agree  on  your  treatment,  so  that  your  appointed  health  care representative along with your doctor are able to rely on your living will to direct the medical care that you want or don’t want.

 

Contact Elder Law Attorney Barbara J. Baird.

 

 

 

 

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