University of Southern Indiana

Changes to the POST and Health Care Consent Laws


Changes to the POST and Health Care Consent Hierarchy Laws in the State of Indiana:

Effective July 1, 2018

-Indiana POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) Form

-Health Care Consent Hierarchy

Description of Program
The POST form (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) is an advance care planning tool designed for patients with serious illness.  Preferences for treatment can be documented as medical orders on the POST. Significant changes have been made to the POST in Indiana that can impact patients and health care providers.  In addition, a new law creates a hierarchy of consent for health care.  This law provides an order of priority for whom is allowed to give consent if an adult is incapable of providing it.  These changes directly impact patients and practice. This educational module highlights changes to the Indiana laws in relation to the POST form and the creation of a health care consent hierarchy that has previously not existed. The focus is on the changes that have an effective date of July 1, 2018.

Who should enroll in this program?
This program is designed for English-speaking health professionals (Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers and any healthcare provider who works with patients and families and/or advance care planning).  

Program Schedule
This independent study is available at any time. The participant will choose when to start and finish the program. 

Learning Outcome
Following this presentation, the learner will be identify the changes made via the Indiana State Legislature in order to incorporate them into their practice.

Delivery of Content
The learner will log into the program via the internet and watch the video. The independent study provides an opportunity to learn while in the comfort of your own home and office.  Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.

Contact hours
1.0 contact hours

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • View Recording.
  • Submit registration and payment.
  • Complete program evaluation.
  • An email containing the certificate of completion will be sent immediately after completing the program evaluation.  

Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.

Jennifer Palmer, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Jane Swartz DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Expiration date: July 14, 2021.

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, dental professionals, and other health professionals licensed in the state of Indiana.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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