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Pilot Program To Transfer Facility Inspections From The Department Of Health And Senior Services to Local Health Departments (HB – 1555) Missouri Representative James Neeley is sponsoring a bill that would create a pilot program to transfer the authority to inspect nursing homes from the Department of Health and Senior Services to local health departments. Participation in the pilot program would be at the option and expense of any local health department that elects to participate. As currently drafted, this proposed legislation would have an automatic sunset date six years after its initial implementation.
Currently five states – Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington have laws requiring long term facilities to allow residents to request monitoring devices in resident rooms. Utah currently has legislation under consideration to allow monitoring, but the Utah legislation restricts the use of such devices to assisted living communities. Now, Missouri is looking at implementing legislation to add Missouri to the ranks of states allowing electronic monitoring in nursing homes.
As many of you are aware, on January 1, 2016, the Illinois Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act (the “Act”) became effective. This Act imposes various responsibilities on long-term care facilities in Illinois to allow residents to engage in electronic monitoring. The Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) also has certain responsibilities under the Act. The following Summary provides highlights of the background and requirements of the Act, IDPH and facilities’ respective responsibilities, and challenges presented for the facilities subject to the Act along with a few recommended actions in response to the Act. There’s also a link to the Consent and Notification Form promulgated by IDPH for use when a resident desires to use an authorized electronic monitoring device in a facility. If you have clients subject to this Act, you may want to pass this information along to them. I would be happy to answer any questions or provide additional information, if needed.