STAND. COM. REP. NO. 72-14

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2014

 

RE: H.B. No. 2052

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 2052 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDER ORDERS FOR LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to enable greater access to the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) law, Chapter 327K, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), by:

 

(1) Amending references from "physician orders for life-sustaining treatment" to "provider orders for life-sustaining treatment" in the POLST law, to reflect that physicians are not the only primary care providers who may sign a POLST form;

 

(2) Expanding health care provider signatory authority to include advanced practice registered nurses; and

 

(3) Correcting inconsistencies in the POLST law with respect to terms that reflect who may sign a POLST form on behalf of a patient.

 

The Executive Office on Aging, Hawaii Pacific Health, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Hawaii State Center for Nursing, The Queen's Health Systems, Hawaii Medical Service Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, and numerous individuals supported this measure. University Health Alliance and two individuals commented on this measure.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2052 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair