S.B. No. 874
relating to quality-of-care monitoring visits to long-term care
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subdivision (1), Section 255.001, Health and
Safety Code, is amended to read as follows:
(1) "Department" means the [
Texas] Department of Aging
and Disability [ Human] Services.
SECTION 2. Subsections (a) and (f), Section 255.003, Health
and Safety Code, are amended to read as follows:
(a) The department shall establish regional offices with
one or more quality-of-care monitors, based on the number of
long-term care facilities in the region, to monitor the facilities
in the region on a regular, [ unannounced,] aperiodic basis,
including nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays. A monitoring
visit conducted under this chapter may be announced or unannounced.
(f) The quality-of-care monitor shall include in a
monitoring [ an assessment] visit:
(1) observation of the care and services rendered to
(2) formal and informal interviews with residents,
family members, facility staff, resident guests, volunteers, other
regulatory staff, and representatives of a human rights advocacy
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 874 passed the Senate on
April 14, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 28, 2005, by the
following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 874 passed the House, with
amendment, on May 25, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House