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10/30/2015

Florida Tries Again for POLST Legislation

While Florida failed to enact POLST legislation last session, it is trying again.  Newly filed S.B 664 would:

  • Require the Department of Health to develop, and adopt by rule, a physician order for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) form
  • Require the Agency for Health Care Administration to act as the state clearinghouse for compassionate and palliative care plans and information on those plans
  • Authorize a hospice care team to withhold or withdraw cardiopulmonary resuscitation if a patient has a POLST form that contains such an order
  • Require the Department of Health to establish circumstances and procedures for honoring a POLST form
  • Require a health care surrogate to provide written consent for a POLST form under certain circumstances

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