HB No. 880
CHANGES TO WITNESS REQUIREMENTS ON DIRECTIVES TO PHYSICIANS
Governor Bush signed HB 880 on May 26, 1997. HB 880 becomes effective January 1, 1998.
HB 880 changed the witness requirements on directives to physicians. Under these changes:
These changes to the witnessing requirements necessitated a change to the statutory form of directive to physicians. The form remains optional, however -- nonstandard forms may be used. Click here to download the new statutory form in WordPerfect 5.1 format.
HB 880 also made a change to the procedure for making a treatment decision for a person with no guardian. Under HB 880, the attending physician must now document and sign the treatment decision in the patient's medical record, and if the patient has no legal guardian or other relative available, a treatment decision must be witnessed by another physician who is not involved in the treatment of the patient.
The changes made by HB 880 take effect January 1, 1998.