South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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H. 3098

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Rep. Spires
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nbd\11027vr13.docx

Introduced in the House on January 8, 2013
Introduced in the Senate on May 15, 2013
Last Amended on May 14, 2013
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs

Summary: Long-term care facility

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/11/2012  House   Prefiled
  12/11/2012  House   Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and 
                        Municipal Affairs
    1/8/2013  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 82)
    1/8/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and 
                        Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 82)
   4/24/2013  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Medical, 
                        Military, Public and Municipal Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 32)
   4/30/2013  House   Debate adjourned until Tues., 5-7-13 
                        (House Journal-page 44)
   5/14/2013  House   Amended (House Journal-page 28)
   5/14/2013  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 28)
   5/14/2013  House   Roll call Yeas-101  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 28)
   5/15/2013  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 17)
   5/15/2013  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7)
   5/15/2013  Senate  Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs 
                        (Senate Journal-page 7)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/11/2012
4/24/2013
5/14/2013

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AMENDED

May 14, 2013

H. 3098

Introduced by Rep. Spires

S. Printed 5/14/13--H.

Read the first time January 8, 2013.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 44-81-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE RIGHTS OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS, SO AS TO REQUIRE A RESIDENT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE TO PROVIDE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FACILITY CERTAIN NOTICE OF THE INTENT OF THE RESIDENT TO VOLUNTARILY RELOCATE TO ANOTHER FACILITY, AND TO PROVIDE THE FACILITY MAY CHARGE THE RESIDENT THE EQUIVALENT OF THIRTY DAYS OCCUPANCY FOR FAILURE TO GIVE THIS NOTICE.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 44-81-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 44-81-40.    (A) Each resident or the resident's representative must be given by the facility a written and oral explanation of the rights, grievance procedures, and enforcement provisions of this chapter before or at the time of admission to a long-term care facility. Written acknowledgment of the receipt of the explanation by the resident or the resident's representative must be made a part of the resident's file. Each facility must have posted written notices of the residents' rights in conspicuous locations in the facility. The written notices must be approved by the department. The notices must be in a type and a format which is easily readable by residents and must describe residents' rights, grievance procedures, and the enforcement provisions provided by this chapter.

(B)    Each resident and the resident's representative must be informed in writing, before or at the time of admission, of:

(1)    available services and of related charges, including all charges not covered under federal or state programs, by other third party payers, or by the facility's basic per diem rate;

(2)    the facility's refund policy which must be adopted by each facility and which must be based upon the actual number of days a resident was in the facility and any reasonable number of bed-hold days, except when the provisions of subsection (E) apply.

Each resident and the resident's representative must be informed in writing of any subsequent change in services, charges, or refund policy.

(C)    Each resident or the resident's legal guardian has the right to:

(1)    choose a personal attending physician;

(2)    participate in planning care and treatment or changes in care and treatment;

(3)    be fully informed in advance about changes in care and treatment that may affect the resident's well-being;

(4)    receive from the resident's physician a complete and current description of the resident's diagnosis and prognosis in terms that the resident is able to understand;

(5)    refuse to participate in experimental research.

(D)    A resident may be transferred or discharged only for medical reasons, for the welfare of the resident or for the welfare of other residents of the facility, or for nonpayment and must be given written notice of not less than thirty days, except that when the health, safety, or welfare of other residents of the facility would be endangered by the thirty-day notice requirement, the time for giving notice must be that which is practicable under the circumstances. Each resident must be given written notice before the resident's room or roommate in the facility is changed.

(E)(1)    If a community residential care facility resident or a resident's representative chooses to voluntarily relocate from the resident's current facility, the resident or the resident's representative must give the facility administrator written notice of this intent to relocate not less than fourteen days before the resident's relocation becomes effective. Voluntary relocation does not occur when a resident of a community residential care facility seeks to be discharged because a higher level of care is required or because the resident's health, safety, or welfare is endangered.

(2)    If a community residential care facility resident or a resident's representative fails to give timely notice as required by this subsection, the facility administrator may charge the resident the equivalent of fourteen days occupancy from the earlier of the date of the relocation or the date the facility administrator received proper notice of the resident's intent to relocate. However, if the facility is able to fill the bed vacated by the resident, the facility shall cease charging the resident regardless of the notice given.

(F)    Each resident or the resident's representative may manage the resident's personal finances unless the facility has been delegated in writing to carry out this responsibility, in which case the resident must be given a quarterly report of the resident's account.

(F)(G)    Each resident must be free from mental and physical abuse and free from chemical and physical restraints except those restraints ordered by a physician.

(G)(H)    Each resident must be assured security in storing personal possessions and confidential treatment of the resident's personal and medical records and may approve or refuse their release to any individual outside the facility, except in the case of a transfer to another health care institution or as required by law or a third party payment contract.

(H)(I)    Each resident must be treated with respect and dignity and assured privacy during treatment and when receiving personal care.

(I)(J)    Each resident must be assured that no resident will be required to perform services for the facility that are not for therapeutic purposes as identified in the plan of care for the resident.

(J)(K)    The legal guardian, family members, and other relatives of each resident must be allowed immediate access to that resident, subject to the resident's right to deny access or withdraw consent to access at any time. Each resident without unreasonable delay or restrictions must be allowed to associate and communicate privately with persons of the resident's choice and must be assured freedom and privacy in sending and receiving mail. The legal guardian, family members, and other relatives of each resident must be allowed to meet in the facility with the legal guardian, family members, and other relatives of other residents to discuss matters related to the facility, so long as the meeting does not disrupt resident care or safety.

(K)(L)    Each resident may meet with and participate in activities of social, religious, and community groups at the resident's discretion unless medically contraindicated by written medical order.

(L)(M)    Each resident must be able to keep and use personal clothing and possessions as space permits unless it infringes on another resident's rights.

(M)(N)    Each resident must be assured privacy for visits of a conjugal nature.

(N)(O)    Married residents must be permitted to share a room unless medically contraindicated by the attending physician in the medical record.

(O)(P)    A resident or a resident's legal representative may contract with a person not associated with or employed by the facility to perform sitter services unless the services are prohibited from being performed by a private contractor by state or federal law or by the written contract between the facility and the resident. The person, being a private contractor, is required to abide by and follow the policies and procedures of the facility as they pertain to sitters and volunteers. The person must be selected from an approved list or agency and approved by the facility. All residents or residents' legal representatives employing a private contractor must agree in writing to hold the facility harmless from any liability."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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