Iowa Admin. Code r. 641-145.1 - Definitions

For the purpose of these rules, the following definitions shall apply:

"Advanced registered nurse practitioner" means an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 152 or 152E.

"Department" means the department of public health.

"Director " means the director of the department of public health.

"Emergency medical care provider " means emergency medical care provider as defined in Iowa Code section 147A.1.

"Health care facility" means health care facility as defined in Iowa Code section 135C.1, ahospice program as defined in Iowa Code section 135J.1, an elder group home as defined in Iowa Code section 231B.1, and an assisted living program as defined in Iowa Code section 231C.2.

"Health care provider" means an individual, including an emergency medical care provider and an individual providing home- and community-based services, and including a home health agency, licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized or permitted by the law of this state to administer health care in the ordinary course of business or in the practice of a profession.

"Home health agency" means home health agency as defined in 42 CFR Part 484.

"Hospital" means hospital as defined in Iowa Code section 135B.1.

"Legal representative" means an individual authorized to execute a POST form on behalf of a patient who is not competent to do so, in the order of priority set out in Iowa Code section 144A.7, subsection 1, and guided by the express or implied intentions of the patient or, if such intentions are unknown, by the patient's best interests given the patient's overall medical condition and prognosis.

"Patient" means an individual who is frail and elderly or who has a chronic, critical medical condition or a terminal illness and for which a physician orders for scope of treatment is consistent with the individual's goals of care.

"Physician " means a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery in this state.

"Physician assistant" means a person licensed as a physician assistant under Iowa Code chapter 148C.

"Physician orders for scope of treatment form" or"POST form" means a document containing medical orders which may be relied upon across medical settings that consolidates and summarizes a patient's preferences for life-sustaining treatments and interventions and acts as a complement to and does not supersede any valid advance directive.


Iowa Admin. Code r. 641-145.1
Adopted by IAB December 9, 2015/Volume XXXVIII, Number 12, effective 1/13/2016

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