Bill Summary for H 474 (2011-2012)

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Mar 24 2011

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View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
House Bill 474 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 24, 2011
TO PROTECT ADULT CARE HOME RESIDENTS BY INCREASING MINIMUM CONTINUING EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND COMPETENCY EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULT CARE HOME MEDICATION AIDES, STRENGTHENING ADULT CARE HOME INFECTION CONTROL REQUIREMENTS, AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF HEALTH SERVICE REGULATION, TO ANNUALLY INSPECT ADULT CARE HOMES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH SAFE INFECTION CONTROL STANDARDS.
Intro. by Weiss.

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Enacts GS 131D-4.4A to require adult care homes to engage in specified practices, policies, and procedures to prevent transmission of infections including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and other blood borne pathogens, as of December 1, 2011. Requires that an adult care home implement a written infection control policy that is consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Also requires each noncontiguous adult care home facility to designate an on-site staff member, who is knowledgeable about the CDC’s guidelines on infection control, to direct the facility’s infection control activities. Requires, beginning October 1, 2013, that any nonsupervisory staff member designated to direct the facility’s infection control activities complete the infection control course developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Enacts GS 131D-4.5C directing DHHS to develop a mandatory annual infection control course by December 1, 2011, for adult care home supervisors. Provides that each supervisor who successfully completes the mandatory infection control course will receive continuing education credit, in an amount determined by DHHS, toward meeting the requirements for adult care home supervisors as provided under GS 131D-4.5.
Enacts GS 131D-4.5B directing the Division of Health Service Regulation (Division) to develop a mandatory annual course by December 1, 2011, for adult care home medication aides that addresses infection control, safe practices for injections and other procedures during which bleeding typically occurs, and glucose monitoring. Provides that each home medication aide who successfully completes the mandatory infection control course will receive partial continuing education credit, in an amount determined by DHHS, toward meeting the requirements for adult care home medication aides as provided under GS 131D-4.5. Sets hiring requirements for adult care home medication aides to be applied beginning October 1, 2013. Requires the Division to develop and administer an employment exam for individuals seeking employment as a medication aide in an adult care home by October 1, 2012.
Amends GS 131D-2.11(a) to require, beginning July 1, 2012, the Division to include in its inspection of all adult care homes a review of the facility’s compliance with proposed GS 131D-4.4A(b) (infection prevention requirements).
Makes conforming changes to GS 131D-4.5(1) and GS 131D-4.5(3).

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