Oregon Statutes - Chapter 127 - Powers of Attorney; Advance Directives for Health Care; Declarations for Mental Health Treatment; Death with Dignity - Section 127.649 - Health care organizations required to have written policies and procedures on providing information on patient’s right to make health care decisions.

(1) Subject to the provisions of ORS 127.652 and 127.654, all health care organizations shall maintain written policies and procedures, applicable to all capable adults who are receiving health care by or through the health care organization, that provide for:

(a) Delivering to those individuals the following information and materials, in written form, without recommendation:

(A) Information on the rights of the individual under Oregon law to make health care decisions, including the right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment and the right to execute advance directives;

(B) Information on the policies of the health care organization with respect to the implementation of the rights of the individual under Oregon law to make health care decisions;

(C) A copy of the advance directive set forth in ORS 127.531, along with a disclaimer on the first line of the first page of each form in at least 16-point boldfaced type stating “You do not have to fill out and sign this form.”; and

(D) The name of a person who can provide additional information concerning the forms for advance directives.

(b) Documenting in a prominent place in the individual’s medical record whether the individual has executed an advance directive.

(c) Ensuring compliance by the health care organization with Oregon law relating to advance directives.

(d) Educating the staff and the community on issues relating to advance directives.

(2) A health care organization need not furnish a copy of an advance directive to an individual if the health care organization has reason to believe that the individual has received a copy of an advance directive in the form set forth in ORS 127.531 within the preceding 12-month period or has previously executed an advance directive. [1991 c.761 §2; 1993 c.767 §26]

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