Bill Summary for H 351 (2021-2022)

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Mar 30 2021

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House Bill 351 (Public) Filed Monday, March 22, 2021
AN ACT DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH VISITATION PROTOCOLS FOR NURSING HOMES, COMBINATION HOMES, HOSPICE CARE FACILITIES, AND ADULT CARE HOMES, INCLUDING FAMILY CARE HOMES, DURING DECLARED DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES AND REQUIRING THESE FACILITIES TO ADHERE TO THE ESTABLISHED VISITATION PROTOCOLS DURING DECLARED DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES WHEN NORMAL VISITATION POLICIES ARE SUSPENDED OR CURTAILED.
Intro. by Dixon, Lambeth, White, Moss.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Adds the following. Enacts GS 131D-7.1 and GS 131D-7.2 to enact substantively identical provisions regarding adult care homes as those enacted in GS 131E-112.5 and GS 131E-112.6 concerning licensed nursing homes, combination homes, and hospice care facilities in the 1st edition. Requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS Secretary) to establish visitation protocols for residents of adult care homes that will become effective during a disaster declaration or emergency that results in the suspension or curtailment of the facility's normal visitation policy for any reason. Defines normal visitation policy to mean the visitation policy that was in effect at a facility on January 1, 2020. Lists three minimum requirements for the protocols, identical to those listed for licensed nursing homes, combination homes, and hospice care facilities enacted in the previous edition. Requires the DHHS Secretary to consult with licensed operators of adult care homes and other relevant stakeholders in establishing the protocols. Defines disaster declaration, emergency, and facility. Defines the effectiveness of the protocols established by the DHHS Secretary under new GS 131D-7.1 to be during any period of time when (1) there is a declared disaster or emergency and (2) a licensed adult care home suspends or restricts the normal visitation policy for any reason. 

Requires the DHHS Secretary to implement the visitation protocols established under new GS 131D-7.1 by March 15, 2022, and submit a summarizing report of the protocols to the specified NCGA committee chairs at least 30 days prior to implementation. 

Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.

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