PA 16-8—sSB 280

Human Services Committee

Aging Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN'S NOTICE TO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

SUMMARY: This act requires nursing homes and other facilities planning to terminate a service or substantially decrease their bed capacity to include information on patients' rights and available services with the written notice they must already provide to patients and other parties. By law, when planning to terminate a service or decrease beds, a nursing home, rest home, residential care home, and intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities must submit a letter of intent to the Department of Social Services as part of the certificate of need process. At that time, these facilities must also (1) notify the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and (2) provide written notice to all patients and their guardians, conservators, legally liable relatives, or other responsible parties.

Under the act, the information must be in a letter jointly issued by the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the Department on Aging.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

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