February 28, 2005

Legislative Proposals Regarding Survey Exits and Outside Accreditation

John Davis has recently proposed two new bills. House Bill 1503 and House Bill 1558.

House Bill 1503, if passed, would require that inspectors conduct their additional exit conferences in person rather than on the phone, by email, or by fax. This bill is currently written only to affect nursing homes, but some would like for it to include ICFs/MR.

House Bill 1558 would create more options for assisted living facilities by allowing agencies to seek outside accreditation to satisfy state requirements. The accreditation commission chosen, must obviously meet the state’s standards, and the outside accreditation in no way restricts or limits the state’s right to conduct investigations or surveys into the facility.