2017 ORS 413.273¹
Palliative care for patients and residents of hospitals, long term care facilities and residential care facilities

(1) As used in this section and ORS 413.270 (Advisory council) and 413.271 (Palliative care information and resources):

(a) “Appropriate” means consistent with applicable legal, health and professional standards, a patient’s clinical and other circumstances, and the patient’s known wishes and beliefs.

(b) “Health facility” includes:

(A) Hospitals and long term care facilities licensed under ORS 441.025 (License issuance); and

(B) Residential facilities licensed under ORS 443.415 (License applications).

(c) “Medical care” means professional services for a patient that are provided, requested or supervised by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

(d)(A) “Palliative care” means patient-centered and family-centered medical care that optimizes a patient’s quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating the suffering caused by serious illness and involves addressing the patient’s physical, social and spiritual needs and facilitating the patient’s autonomy, access to information and choice.

(B) “Palliative care” includes, but is not limited to:

(i) Discussing a patient’s goals for treatment;

(ii) Discussing the treatment options that are appropriate for the patient; and

(iii) Comprehensive pain and symptom management.

(e) “Serious illness” means any illness, physical injury or condition that substantially impairs a patient’s quality of life for more than a short period of time.

(2) A health facility shall:

(a) Establish a system for identifying patients or residents who could benefit from palliative care;

(b) Provide information to patients, residents and their families about palliative care; and

(c) Coordinate with a patient’s or resident’s primary care provider, if practicable, to facilitate the access of patients and residents with serious illnesses to appropriate palliative care. [2015 c.789 §5]

Note: See note under 413.270 (Advisory council).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 413—Oregon Health Authority, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors413.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.