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The DC Code: § 7-625 Physician's duty to confirm terminal condition.

Index7 Human Health Care and Safety. (Refs & Annos)
a
An attending physician who has been notified of the existence of a declaration executed under this subchapter, without delay after the diagnosis of a terminal condition of the declarant, shall take the necessary steps to provide for written certification and confirmation of the declarant's terminal condition, so that the declarant may be deemed to be a qualified patient under this subchapter.
b
Once written certification and confirmation of the declarant's terminal condition is made a person becomes a qualified patient under this subchapter only if the attending physician verbally or in writing informs the patient of his or her terminal condition and documents such communication in the patient's medical record. If the patient is diagnosed as unable to comprehend verbal or written communications, such patient shall become a qualified patient as defined in § 7-621, immediately upon written certification and confirmation of his or her terminal condition by the attending physician.
c
An attending physician who does not comply with this section shall be considered to have committed an act of unprofessional conduct under § 3-2926.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 6-2425. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 4-69, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7-621. References in Text Section 3-2926 referred to in subsection (c), was repealed by § 1104(e) of D.C. Law 6-99, effective March 25, 1986. DC CODE § 7-625 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Feb. 25, 1982, D.C. Law 4-69, § 6, 28 DCR 5047.)