Legislation to tweak a law that deals with the end of life is making its way through the Indiana Statehouse.
In 2013, lawmakers approved the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment form, also known as the POST. It’s different from a Do Not Resuscitate form in that it deals with the type of medical treatment for people with serious and terminal conditions. A grassroots organization called The Indiana Patient Preferences Coalition has asked for clarifications.
Susan Hickman is a member of that group and a professor in the Indiana University School of Nursing. She says the current law creates confusion and delays in medical care for many patients. Current law requires a doctor’s signature for a POST form to be legal. Under a bill by Representative Cindy Kirchhofer, an advanced practice nurse or physician assistant could also sign POST forms in collaboration with a patient. Patients also could electronically sign the paperwork.