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February 27, 2008
Introduced by Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee
S. Printed 2/27/08--H.
Read the first time February 27, 2008.
TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, RELATING TO STANDARDS FOR LICENSING NURSING HOMES, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 3134, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to Standards for Licensing Nursing Homes, designated as Regulation Document Number 3134, and submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code, are approved.
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
South Carolina Code Section 1-23-120 directs that staff of State agencies review their regulations every five years and update them if necessary. R.61-17, Standards for Licensing Nursing Homes, was last revised February 28, 1992. Since that time there has been added emphasis regarding emergency preparedness, there have been changes in applicable laws, e.g., minimum resident-staff ratios for nursing homes, criminal record checks of direct care staff, Alzheimer's Special Care Disclosure Act, Bill of Rights for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities, and changes in national building standards, i.e., International Building Code, and there have been certain guidelines, directives, interpretations, and changes in Division policy that have led to the necessity to revise this regulation in order to make it more up-to-date.
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