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WVC 16 - 30 - 13 §16-30-13. Interinstitutional transfers.
(a) In the event that a person admitted to any health care facility in this state has been determined to lack capacity and that person's medical power of attorney has been declared to be in effect or a surrogate decisionmaker has been selected for that person all in accordance with the requirements of this article and that person is subsequently transferred from one health care facility to another, the receiving health care facility may rely upon the prior determination of incapacity and the activation of the medical power of attorney or selection of a surrogate decisionmaker as valid and continuing until such time as an attending physician, a qualified physician, a qualified psychologist or advanced nurse practitioner in the receiving facility assesses the person's capacity. Should the reassessment by the attending physician, a qualified physician, a qualified psychologist or an advanced nurse practitioner at the receiving facility result in a determination of continued incapacity, the receiving facility may rely upon the medical power of attorney representative or surrogate decisionmaker who provided health care decisions at the transferring facility to continue to make all health care decisions at the receiving facility until such time as the person regains capacity.

(b) If a person admitted to any health care facility in this state has been determined to lack capacity and the person's medical power of attorney has been declared to be in effect or a surrogate decisionmaker has been selected for that person all in accordance with the requirements of this article and that person is subsequently discharged home in the care of a home health care agency or hospice, the home health care agency or hospice may rely upon the prior determination of incapacity. The home health care agency or hospice may rely upon the medical power of attorney representative or health care surrogate who provided health care decisions at the transferring facility to continue to make all health care decisions until such time as the person regains capacity.

(c) If a person with an order to withhold or withdraw life-prolonging intervention is transferred from one health care facility to another, the existence of such order shall be communicated to the receiving facility prior to the transfer and the written order shall accompany the person to the receiving facility and shall remain effective until a physician at the receiving facility issues admission orders.

(d) If a person with a physician orders for scope of treatment form is transferred from one health care facility to another, the health care facility initiating the transfer shall communicate the existence of the physician orders for scope of treatment form to the receiving facility prior to the transfer. The physician orders for scope of treatment form shall accompany the person to the receiving facility and shall remain in effect. The form shall be kept at the beginning of the patient's transfer records unless otherwise specified in the health care facility's policy and procedures. After admission, the physician orders for scope of treatment form shall be reviewed by the attending physician and one of three actions shall be taken:

(1) The physician orders for scope of treatment form shall be continued without change;

(2) The physician orders for scope of treatment form shall be voided and a new form issued; or

(3) The physician orders for scope of treatment form shall be voided without a new form being issued.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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