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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 903         FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 347

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Alice K. Wolf

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to dementia patients in longterm care facilities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Patricia D. Jehlen

 

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

Karen E. Spilka

 

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 903        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 347

By Ms. Wolf of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 347) of Alice K. Wolf and others relative to dementia patients in longterm care facilities Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 4794 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to dementia patients in longterm care facilities.
 

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to provide regulations for dementia special care units in longterm care facilities given the increased level of dementia among residents, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 71B the following sections:-

              Section 71C. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department, in consultation with the alzheimer's association of massachusetts and representatives from the nursing home provider community, shall promulgate regulations to establish minimum standards for dementia special care units to ensure safety and quality of services including:

              1. Dementia-specific training for all direct care workers, activities directors and supervisors of direct care workers in both traditional nursing homes and dementia special care units 

              Activities programs in dementia special care units  that provide dementia-specific activities.

              3. Guidelines for dementia special care unit  physical design including, but not limited, to anti-wandering methods and  promoting a therapeutic environment.

              (b) A licensee under section 71 that holds itself out to the public or advertises that it is a provider of specialized services and programming for dementia special care units in long term care facilities shall meet the standards set forth under this section in order to provide said services. Nursing homes that operate dementia special care units   shall disclose to consumers and the department what specialized services the  dementia special care unit provides for patients affected by alzheimer's and related dementias.

              (c) A licensee of the department under section 71 shall be required to provide dementia specific training for all direct care workers, activities directors and supervisors of direct care workers in facilities that do not hold themselves out to the public or advertise that they are providers of specialized services and programming for dementia special care units in long term care facilities.

              SECTION 2. Any regulation promulgated by the department under this section may not be used as the basis for higher reimbursement rates for licensees under section 71.

              SECTION 3. The department  shall  promulgate its initial regulations to implement this act no later than January 1, 2011.

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