Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions and Answers
about the New Mexico MOST

  • What is the MOST?

  • MOST stands for Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment. It is an advance directive that is written in the form of a medical order.
  • When should I use the MOST document?

  • The MOST is appropriate for individuals that have a serious or life-limiting illness.
  • Why should I use the MOST instead of a traditional advance directive?

  • The MOST is very effective when a patient has a serious or life-limiting illness. It translates care preferences in to a set of medical orders that can be understood and honored across all care settings. In addition, if a patient is in a facility it has been proven that the MOST helps to ensure that the patient receives the care they desire.
  • How do I begin to complete the MOST document?

  • The MOST is a medical form and should be completed during a conversation with your healthcare provider. All medical treatment can come with benefits and burdens. Your healthcare provider will be able to explain the possible outcomes of any options you choose. The MOST is then signed by the patient or their representative and a physician.
  • Does a physician have to sign the document for it to be valid?

  • Yes, a physician (M.D., D.O.) must sign the document for it to be valid.
  • Can I sign the MOST document for my loved one?

  • If an individual is unable to sign their own MOST document it can be signed by the legally recognized Healthcare Decision Maker (also known as a POA, Durable Medical Power of Attorney, or Agent).
  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions regarding the MOST?

  • You may contact Lorrie Griego, who is the Program Manager. Her phone number is 505-559-6053.