10.23.01.02

.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) Advance Directive.

(a) "Advance directive" has the meaning stated in Health-General Article, §5-601, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(b) "Advance directive" includes an Instructions on Current Life-Sustaining Treatment Options form developed under Health-General Article, §5-608.1, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(2) "Authorized person" means an individual:

(a) Designated in writing by a registrant; or

(b) Under the conditions specified in federal or State law, authorized to obtain access to the medical records of the registrant.

(3) "Department" means the Maryland Department of Health.

(4) "Filing" means the presentation of an advance directive for registration to the Secretary.

(5) "Health care facility" has the meaning stated in Health-General Article, §19-114, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(6) "Health care provider" has the meaning stated in Health-General Article, §5-601, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(7) "Instructions on a Current Life-Sustaining Treatment Options form" means the form developed under Health-General Article, §5-608.1, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(8) "Registrant" means an individual who registers the individual's advance directive with the Department.

(9) "Registry" means the depository for advance directives in the Department.

(10) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Health or a designee of the Secretary.