Acute care hospital shall make reasonable efforts to contact the patient's agent, family member or person who has the authority to make health care decisions on behalf of the patient by examining any medical records regarding the patient in its possession and contacting the Secretary of State to inquire whether the patient has registered an advance health care directive with the Advance Health Care Directive Registry.
Unless otherwise stated, a person authorized to make health care decisions for a patient has the same rights as the patient to request, receive, examine, copy, consent to disclosure of medical or any other health care information.
An agent designated in the power of attorney may make health care decisions for the principal to the same extent the principal could make the decisions should the principal have had the capacity to do so, including authorizing the release of records of the principal to the extent necessary for the agent to fulfill his or her duties.
The section sets out requirements of recording of advance health care directive-related information in patient's health care record and notification to agent or surrogate regarding revocation or disqualification
The Secretary of State shall establish a registry system through which a person who has executed a written advance health care directive may register the information regarding the advance directive. This will make that information available upon request to any health care provider, public guardian, legal representative of the registrants. Requests must state the need for the information.