West Virginia Code
1 - STATE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM
1A - UNIFORM CREDENTIALING FOR HEAL
1B - SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES FOR
1C - HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TRANSPARE
2 - LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH
2A - ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF ORGANIZI
2B - FAMILY PLANNING AND CHILD SPAC
2C - HOME HEALTH SERVICES
2D - CERTIFICATE OF NEED
2E - BIRTHING CENTERS
2F - PARENTAL NOTIFICATION OF ABORT
2G - SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTARY FOOD PRO
2H - PRIMARY CARE SUPPORT PROGRAM
2I - WOMEN'S RIGHT TO KNOW ACT
2J - PREVENTIVE CARE PILOT PROGRAM
2K - PROGRAMS OF ALL-INCLUSIVE CARE
2L - PROVIDER SPONSORED NETWORKS
2M - THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD
2N - NEONATAL ABSTINENCE CENTERS
2O - UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION FROM D
3 - PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF COMMU
3A - REPOSITORY OF INFORMATION ON M
3B - PERTUSSIS
3C - AIDS-RELATED MEDICAL TESTING A
3D - TUBERCULOSIS TESTING, CONTROL,
4 - SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
4A - PRENATAL EXAMINATION
4B - AUTOPSIES ON BODIES OF DECEASE
4C - EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACT
4D - AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLAT
4E - UNIFORM MATERNAL SCREENING ACT
4F - EXPEDITED PARTNER THERAPY
5 - VITAL STATISTICS
5A - CANCER CONTROL
5B - HOSPITALS AND SIMILAR INSTITUT
5C - NURSING HOMES
5D - ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCES
5E - REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF
5F - HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL DISCLOSU
5G - OPEN HOSPITAL PROCEEDINGS
5H - CHRONIC PAIN CLINIC LICENSING
5I - HOSPICE LICENSURE ACT
5J - CLINICAL LABORATORIES QUALITY
5K - EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FO
5L - LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGR
5M - OSTEOPOROSIS PREVENTION EDUCAT
5N - RESIDENTIAL CARE COMMUNITIES
5O - MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION BY U
5P - SENIOR SERVICES
5Q - THE JAMES "TIGER" MO
5R - THE ALZHEIMER'S SPECIAL CARE S
16 - 5 R- 1
16 - 5 R- 2
16 - 5 R- 3
16 - 5 R- 4
16 - 5 R- 5
16 - 5 R- 6
16 - 5 R- 7
5S - OLDER WEST VIRGINIANS ACT
5T - OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL POLICY
5U - ARTHRITIS PREVENTION EDUCATION
5V - EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES RET
5W - WEST VIRGINIA OFFICIAL PRESCRI
5X - CAREGIVER ADVISE, RECORD AND E
5Y - MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT
5Z - COALITION FOR DIABETES MANAGEM
6 - HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
7 - PURE FOOD AND DRUGS
8 - ELECTROLOGISTS
8A - NARCOTIC DRUGS
8B - DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT
9 - OFFENSES GENERALLY
9A - TOBACCO USAGE RESTRICTIONS
9B - IMPLEMENTING TOBACCO MASTER SE
9C - STATE TOBACCO GROWERS' SETTLEM
9D - ENFORCEMENT OF STATUTES IMPLEM
9E - DELIVERY SALES OF TOBACCO
9F - COUNTERFEIT CIGARETTES
10 - UNIFORM DETERMINATION OF DEAT
11 - SEXUAL STERILIZATION
12 - SANITARY DISTRICTS FOR SEWAGE
13 - SEWAGE WORKS AND STORMWATER W
13A - PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICTS
13B - COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ACT
13C - DRINKING WATER TREATMENT REV
13D - REGIONAL WATER AND WASTEWATE
13E - COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT ACT
14 - BARBERS AND COSMETOLOGISTS
15 - STATE HOUSING LAW
16 - HOUSING COOPERATION LAW
17 - NATIONAL DEFENSE HOUSING
18 - SLUM CLEARANCE
19 - ANATOMICAL GIFT ACT
20 - AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
21 - BLOOD DONATIONS
22 - DETECTION AND CONTROL OF PHEN
22A - TESTING OF NEWBORN INFANTS F
22B - BIRTH SCORE PROGRAM
23 - TRANSFUSION OF BLOOD; TRANSPL
24 - STATE HEMOPHILIA PROGRAM
25 - DETECTION OF TUBERCULOSIS, HI
26 - WEST VIRGINIA SOLID WASTE MAN
27 - STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF RADIO
27A - BAN ON CONSTRUCTION OF NUCLE
28 - ASSISTANCE TO KOREAN AND VIET
29 - HEALTH CARE RECORDS
29A - WEST VIRGINIA HOSPITAL FINAN
29B - HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY
29C - INDIGENT CARE
29D - STATE HEALTH CARE
29E - LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMIS
29F - UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED P
29G - WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH INFORMA
29H - INTERAGENCY HEALTH COUNCIL
29I - WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH CARE AU
30 - WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH CARE DEC
30A - MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
30B - HEALTH CARE SURROGATE ACT
30C - DO NOT RESUSCITATE ACT
31 - COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW
32 - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT
33 - BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER PR
34 - LICENSURE OF RADON MITIGATORS
35 - LEAD ABATEMENT
36 - NEEDLESTICK INJURY PREVENTION
37 - BODY PIERCING STUDIO BUSINESS
38 - TATTOO STUDIO BUSINESS
39 - PATIENT SAFETY ACT
40 - STATEWIDE BIRTH DEFECTS INFOR
41 - ORAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT ACT
42 - COMPREHENSIVE BEHAVIORAL HEAL
43 - ENGINE COOLANT AND ANTIFREEZE
44 - THE PULSE OXIMETRY NEWBORN TE
45 - TANNING FACILITIES
46 - ACCESS TO OPIOID ANTAGONISTS
47 - ALCOHOL AND DRUG OVERDOSE PRE
48 - WEST VIRGINIA ABLE ACT
49 - WEST VIRGINIA CLEARANCE FOR A
50 - EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTOR AVA
51 - RIGHT TO TRY ACT
52 - COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE PAI
53 - ESTABLISHING ADDITIONAL SUBST
CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.
ARTICLE 5R. THE ALZHEIMER'S SPECIAL CARE STANDARDS ACT.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Alzheimer's Special Care Standards Act."
The Legislature finds and declares that:
(a) Certain nursing homes and related facilities, adult congregate living facilities, adult day care centers, hospices and adult foster homes claim to provide special care units and services for persons who have alzheimer's disease;
(b) It is in the public interest to provide for the protection of consumers by ensuring the accuracy and authenticity of such claims; and
(c) The provisions of this article are intended to require the facilities to actually provide the care they claim to offer, require written disclosure of special services provided, require the appropriate state licensing agency to examine the performance of such facilities in providing special services for persons who have alzheimer's disease, and provide penalties for failure to provide the services claimed as the agency considers appropriate.
For the purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Alzheimer's disease" means a diagnosis of presenile dementia or senile dementia-Alzheimer type (SDAT), characterized by confusion, memory failure, disorientation, restlessness, agnosia, speech disturbances, inability to carry out purposeful movements and hallucinosis.
(b) "Alzheimer's Special Care Unit or Program," means any facility that secures, segregates or provides a special program or special unit for residents with a diagnosis of probable alzheimer's disease or a related disorder and that advertises, markets or otherwise promotes the facility as providing specialized alzheimer's or dementia care services.
(c) "Department" means the Department of Health and Human Resources.
(d) "Facility" means any nursing home or facility, residential board and care home, personal care home, assisted living facility, adult congregate living facility, home health agency, adult day care center, hospice or adult foster home situate or operating in this state.
(e) "Resident" means an individual living in a facility that offers an alzheimer's special care unit or program.
(f) "Secretary" means the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
(a) Any facility which offers to provide or provides care for a person with alzheimer's disease through an alzheimer's special care unit or special care program shall disclose in writing the form of care or treatment that distinguishes the unit or program as being especially applicable to or suitable for such persons. The disclosure shall be provided to the Department of Health and Human Resources, to any person seeking placement within an alzheimer's special care unit or program, and to any legal guardian or relative acting on behalf of a resident or person seeking placement.
(b) The Department of Health and Human Resources shall examine all disclosures provided to it as part of the facility's license renewal procedure and verify the accuracy of the disclosures.
(c) The disclosure required by this section shall include the following information:
(1) A statement of the overall treatment philosophy and mission of the special care unit or program which reflects the needs of residents afflicted with alzheimer's disease or dementia;
(2) A description of the facility's screening, admission and discharge procedures, assessment, care planning and implementation, staffing patterns and training ratios unique to the program or unit;
(3) A description of the physical environment and design features and an explanation of how they are appropriate to support the functioning of cognitively impaired adult residents;
(4) A description of activities available to residents, the frequency and types of resident activities, and how they are specialized for residents who suffer from alzheimer's disease;
(5) A statement that describes the involvement of families in the care of residents and the availability of family support programs;
(6) The costs of care and any additional fees unique to the alzheimer's special care unit or program.
(a) The secretary shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, setting minimum standards for the care and treatment of persons with alzheimer's disease and other dementia in facilities offering alzheimer's special care units or programs.
(b) The standards established pursuant to this section shall apply to all facilities offering alzheimer's special care units or program and shall be in addition to any other statutory requirements, rules or standards that are applicable to the facility.
(c) The secretary shall enforce the rules and standards for alzheimer's special care units or programs and shall exercise all powers necessary for such enforcement, including investigation and reporting of violation of the rules, issuance of notices or warnings to facilities found in violation of the standards, assessment of civil penalties in accordance with the applicable licensing provisions of the facility, and suspension or revocation of licenses.
(d) If a facility advertising, marketing or otherwise promoting the facility as providing specialized alzheimer or dementia care services does not meet the standards established by the secretary, the department shall instruct the facility to cease such advertising, marketing or promoting.
(a) For the purposes of this section, "resident" means an individual receiving care or services in an adult day care facility, nursing home, assisted living facility or residential care community.
(b) The Secretary shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-s of this code, setting minimum standards for Alzheimer's and dementia care training of all staff, employees and contractors that come in regular and direct contact with residents.
(c) The standards established in this section shall apply to adult day care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care communities who provide services under the supervision of a licensed operator.
(a) To the extent funds are available, the Governing Board of the West Virginia University shall establish an Alzheimer's Disease Registry to collect information concerning Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The purpose of the registry shall be to provide a central database of information to assist in the development of public policy and planning. The information collected by the registry shall be analyzed to prepare reports and perform studies as necessary when such data identifies information useful in developing policy.
(b) All reporting sources, including hospitals, physicians, facilities, clinics or other similar units diagnosing or providing treatment or care for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, shall provide a report of each case to the Alzheimer's Disease Registry in the format specified.
(c) All information reported pursuant to this section is confidential and shall be used only for the purposes set forth herein. A report provided to the Alzheimer's Disease Registry that discloses the identity of the individual being treated shall only be released in accordance with the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. No liability of any kind or character for damages or other relief shall arise or be enforced against any reporting source by reason of having provided the information or material to the Alzheimer's Disease Registry.
(d) The governing board shall propose rules pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement this section. The rules shall include, but not be limited to: (1) The content and design of all forms and reports required by this section; (2) the type of information to be collected and maintained; (3) the procedures for disclosure of nonidentifying data to other appropriate research entities; (4)the manner in which reporting entities or individuals, including families, may be contacted by the registry for additional relevant information; and (5) any other matter necessary to the administration of this section.