HB1689 Provides for the licensure of home care companies by the Department of Health.
Sponsor: Stokan, Lana Ladd (76) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 4048L.01I
Last Action: 02/24/2000 - Referred: Social Services, Medicaid and the Elderly (H)
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
Calendar:Bill currently not on calendar

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HB 1689 -- Licensure of Home Care Companies

Sponsor:  Ladd Stokan

This bill revises provisions pertaining to licensure of home
health agencies.  In its main provisions, the bill:

(1)  Revises certain definitions pertaining to home health and
contains new definitions which include branch offices, home care
companies, paraprofessional home care companies, professional
home care companies, and survey inspections;

(2)  Requires home health companies and other entities that
provide client services to maintain a location within Missouri
and to obtain a valid license from the Department of Health;

(3)  Requires such licenses to be renewed annually and specifies
the conditions and requirements of licensure renewals;

(4)  Specifies the conditions (including change of ownership)
under which a temporary operating permit will be issued by the

(5)  Specifies posting requirements for licenses;

(6)  Specifies the content of the licenses;

(7)  Specifies conditions requiring home care companies to
contact the department if such companies relocate within the

(8)  Specifies requirements under which written reports of
survey inspections will be accepted by the department;

(9)  Requires licensed home care companies to submit statistical
reports to the department;

(10)  Allows the department to conduct other inspections,
surveys, or complaint investigations of home care companies and
specifies the requirements for conducting inspections and a re--
inspection of home care companies;

(11)  Requires the preparation of a written report based on an
inspection and a plan of corrective actions taken by home care
companies if deficiencies are found;

(12)  Allows home care companies to seek a review by the
Administrative Hearing Commission of deficiency findings by the
department after a re-inspection;

(13)  Allows home care companies to receive immediate sanctions
by the department if clients are in immediate jeopardy;

(14)  Specifies procedures the department will use to
investigate complaints;

(15)  Requires employees of home care companies to report
evidence of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of clients;

(16)  Specifies conditions under which the department will
refuse to issue a license or suspend or revoke the license of
home care companies;

(17)  Specifies that during the application for or the renewal
of a license, the department can have access to records of an
operator, owner, or principal in the operation of a home care
company who has been found guilty, who pleads guilty, or who
enters a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to certain

(18)  Contains a good cause waiver provision to the licensure
sanctioning requirements for owners, operators, or principals
who operate home care companies;

(19)  Requires the department to develop separate licenses and
regulations for categories of home care companies;

(20)  Changes the name of the Home Health Services Advisory
Council to the Home Care Advisory Council and specifies the
composition of the council, the times, and form of council

(21)  Specifies the persons, providers, and entities exempted
from the provisions of the bill;

(22)  Specifies the conditions in which reports and inspections
are required to be accessible to the public; and

(23)  Specifies the conditions and requirements of disclosing
confidential medical, personal, and financial records of clients
who receive services from a home care company.


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