Bill Summary for S 191 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT PROVIDING PATIENT VISITATION RIGHTS WILL NOT BE IMPACTED DURING DECLARED DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES AND DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO IMPOSE A CIVIL PENALTY FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THOSE RIGHTS.Intro. by Daniel, Krawiec, Britt.
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House amendment makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends GS 131D-7.5, which requires licensed adult care homes and special care units to allow residents to receive visitors of their choice except when any of three described circumstances have been established by clear and convincing evidence. Adds new authority for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to issue a warning to a facility found to have violated the statute and give the facility up to 24 hours to allow visitation. Now requires DHHS to impose a civil penalty of at least $500 for each instance on each day the facility was found to have a violation only if visitation is not allowed after the 24-hour warning period (previously, required DHHS to impose the penalty with no qualification related to a warning).