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 the end of life. MOST is not a legal document. It is a transportable medical order signed by a healthcare 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 healthcare providers to carry out those wishes.
MOST is only for patients with a terminal illness as defined by SD Law § 34-12D-1.
South Dakota Senate Bill 118 - Senate Bill 118, to establish certain provisions regarding advance care planning, was signed by the governor on March 27, 2019.