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Senate Bill 0215

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB 215 (Updated April 29, 2001 10:55 PM - DI 77)

Personal care. Provides that an individual in need of self-directed in-home care who is a recipient approved to receive certain Medicaid waiver services or a participant in the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled (CHOICE) program may employ registered personal services attendants to provide attendant care services. Exempts from these provisions home health agencies, hospice programs, and health care professionals who practice within the scope of their license. Allows a personal services attendant to perform certain self- directed in-home services and medical activities that, in the opinion of the attending physician, meet certain conditions and for which the attendant has received training or instruction on how to properly perform the medical activity from a licensed health professional. Requires an individual in need of in-home care and the individual's case manager to develop an authorized care plan. Provides that procedures must be adopted to receive and adjudicate certain complaints against personal services attendants. Allows personal services attendants who are guilty of certain offenses to be placed on the nurse aide registry. Sunsets the self-directed in-home care program on July 1, 2003. Allows home health agencies to provide attendant care services. Establishes the governor's commission on caregivers to study issues regarding the availability and quality of caregivers in long term care health settings. Requires the commission to submit a report to the governor and legislative council by not later than October 1, 2002. Allows the commission to contract with a private individual or organization to provide the staff support necessary for the operation of the commission, including conducting research and developing the required report. Appropriates $49,000 from the state general fund for the commission to fulfill its purpose. Requires that appropriate federal Medicaid waivers be sought to permit reimbursement of these services under Medicaid. Makes conforming amendments and technical corrections.
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