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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST)

MOST stands for Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment. It is a medical provider's order that outlines a plan of care respecting the patient's wishes concerning care at end of life. MOST is not a legal document. It is a transportable medical order signed by a health care provider for individuals with a terminal illness. The goal of the MOST initiative is to inform and empower patients to clearly state their end-of-life care wishes, and to authorize health care providers to carry out those wishes.

MOST is only for patients with a terminal illness as defined by SD Law § 34-12D-1.

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