2009 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Cox
DMAS to Review Staffing Policy for Agency Directed Personal Care (language only)

Item 306 #23h

Item 306 #23h

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 343, after line 50, insert:
"VVV.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services, in cooperation with personal care providers, consumers and families, shall review the current requirements that personal care procured through agency providers be provided by individuals who meet minimum qualifications as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).  As part of the review, the department shall examine the feasibility of having case managers certify whether a consumer requires this minimum level of nursing care or can be supported by an individual employed by an agency provider that is not a CNA, but who can provide support with activities of daily living such as transferring, bathing, dressing, and eating in order to safely maintain the consumer in the community.  The department shall report the results of this review to the Joint Commission on Health Care by September 1, 2009."

(This amendment requires the department to review current staffing requirements for agency directed personal care to determine whether these requirements can be relaxed for individuals who need support with activities of daily living but who do not need basic nursing care.)