Welcome to FindLaw's Cases & Codes, a free source of state and federal court opinions, state laws, and the United States Code. For more information about the legal concepts addressed by these cases and statutes, visit FindLaw's Learn About the Law.
(a) Duty to comply.--
(1) An attending physician and mental health care provider shall comply with mental health declarations and powers of attorney.
(2) If an attending physician or other mental health care provider cannot in good conscience comply with a declaration or mental health care decision of a mental health care agent because the instructions are contrary to accepted clinical practice and medical standards or because treatment is unavailable or if the policies of a mental health care provider preclude compliance with a declaration or mental health care decision of a mental health care agent, immediately upon receipt of the declaration or power of attorney and as soon as any possibility of noncompliance becomes apparent, the attending physician or mental health care provider shall so inform the following:
(i) The declarant if the declarant is competent.
(ii) The substitute named in the declaration if the declarant is incompetent.
(iii) The guardian or other legal representative of the declarant if the declarant is incompetent and a substitute is not named in the declaration.
(iv) The mental health care agent of the principal.
(3) The physician or mental health care provider shall document the reasons for noncompliance.
(b) Transfer.--An attending physician or mental health care provider under subsection (a)(2) shall make every reasonable effort to assist in the transfer of the declarant or principal to another physician or mental health care provider who will comply with the declaration or mental health care decision of the mental health care agent. While the transfer is pending, the patient shall be treated consistent with the declaration or mental health care decision of the mental health agent. If reasonable efforts to transfer fail, the patient may be discharged.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Pennsylvania Statutes Title 20 Pa.C.S.A. Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries § 5804. Compliance - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/pa/title-20-pacsa-decedents-estates-and-fiduciaries/pa-csa-sect-20-5804/
FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.