CHAPTER 368ll
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

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Sec. 19a-902. Dual licensure program for providers of mental health services and substance abuse services. Drug testing at facilities licensed by Department of Public Health. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-903b. Hospital designation of health care providers and technologists to perform oxygen-related patient care activities. Training. Competency testing. Exception.
Sec. 19a-905. Health care providers who provide direct patient care to wear badges.

      Sec. 19a-902. Dual licensure program for providers of mental health services and substance abuse services. Drug testing at facilities licensed by Department of Public Health. Regulations. On or before January 1, 2011, the Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, shall (1) amend the department's substance abuse treatment regulations; (2) implement a dual licensure program for behavioral health care providers who provide both mental health services and substance abuse services; and (3) permit the use of saliva-based drug screening or urinalysis when conducting initial and subsequent drug screenings of persons who abuse substances other than alcohol at facilities which are licensed by the Department of Public Health.

      (P.A. 09-149, S. 3; P.A. 11-242, S. 43.)

      History: P.A. 09-149 effective June 29, 2009; P.A. 11-242 designated existing requirements re regulations and program as Subdivs. (1) and (2), added Subdiv. (3) re use of saliva-based drug screening and urinalysis at facilities licensed by Department of Public Health and made a technical change.

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      Sec. 19a-903b. Hospital designation of health care providers and technologists to perform oxygen-related patient care activities. Training. Competency testing. Exception. A hospital, as defined in section 19a-490b, may designate any licensed health care provider and any certified ultrasound or nuclear medicine technologist to perform the following oxygen-related patient care activities in a hospital: (1) Connecting or disconnecting oxygen supply; (2) transporting a portable oxygen source; (3) connecting, disconnecting or adjusting the mask, tubes and other patient oxygen delivery apparatus; and (4) adjusting the rate or flow of oxygen consistent with a medical order. Such provider or technologist may perform such activities only to the extent permitted by hospital policies and procedures, including bylaws, rules and regulations applicable to the medical staff. A hospital shall document that each person designated to perform oxygen-related patient care activities has been properly trained, either through such person's professional education or through training provided by the hospital. In addition, a hospital shall require that such person satisfy annual competency testing. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a hospital from designating persons who are authorized to transport a patient with a portable oxygen source. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any type of ventilator, continuous positive airway pressure or bi-level positive airway pressure units or any other noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.

      (P.A. 10-117, S. 80; P.A. 11-242, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 11-242 substituted "technologist" for "technician" and provided that nothing in section prohibits hospital from designating persons who are authorized to transport a patient with a portable oxygen source, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-905. Health care providers who provide direct patient care to wear badges. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Health care provider" means any person employed by or acting on behalf of a health care facility or institution; and

      (2) "Health care facility or institution" means a hospital, nursing home, rest home, home health care agency, homemaker-home health aide agency, emergency medical services organization, assisted living services agency, outpatient surgical facility and an infirmary operated by an educational institution for the care of students enrolled in, and faculty and employees of, such institution.

      (b) Any health care provider who provides direct patient care shall wear in plain view during such provider's working hours a photographic identification badge issued by the health care facility or institution that includes the name of the health care facility or institution, the name of the health care provider, and the type of license, certificate or employment title that the health care provider holds with the health care facility or institution. Health care facilities or institutions, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, shall develop policies and procedures concerning (1) the size, content and format of the photographic identification badge required pursuant to this subsection, and (2) any exemptions to the requirements of this subsection necessary to ensure the safety of patients and health care providers.

      (P.A. 11-32, S. 1.)

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