"Attending physician" means any Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) who, prior to the person's death, had attended, supervised or directed medical treatment of the patient as a primary care physician or as a specialist undertaking to treat a significant chronic medical illness, which could lead to death. A physician providing such treatment, who has issued or renewed a prescription issued to the person within the 12-month period preceding the death, will be deemed to be an attending physician, regardless of whether the physician has personally examined the person within that 12-month period.
"Certificate of death" means the official document prepared for filing pursuant toet seq. which is signed by a physician and sets forth the information pertaining to a person's last sickness, immediate and contributing causes of death and burial and the identity of the medical personnel who made the pronouncement of death.
"Covering physician" means any physician who has assumed the responsibility for providing care and treatment to an attending physician's patients during his or her unavailability. A covering physician shall also bear a responsibility to exercise his or her best medical judgment when making a pronouncement of death or drawing the conclusions called for in completing the certificate of death.
"Pronouncement of death" means the act of conducting an inquiry concerning the circumstances of a death, checking for vital signs, ascertaining pertinent history and, where appropriate, performing a complete external examination of the unclothed body and providing a medical opinion as to conclusion and cause(s) of the death.
N.J. Admin. Code § 13:35-6.2
See: 26 N.J.R. 2526(a), 26 N.J.R. 4195(a).
Amended by R.1995 d.412, effective 8/7/1995.
See: 27 N.J.R. 1745(a), 27 N.J.R. 2960(a).
Amended by R.2011 d.155, effective 6/6/2011.
See: 42 N.J.R. 1310(a), 43 N.J.R. 1359(b).
In definition "Attending physician" in (a), substituted "Osteopathic Medicine" for "Osteopathy", "12-month" for "six month" twice, and deleted "ongoing" preceding "medical treatment" and the second occurrence of "treatment"; in (d) and (e), updated the N.J.A.C. reference; in (e), substituted "apparent" for "probable" and "covering" for "recovering"; added new (h); and recodified former (h) as (i).