SJ 329 Study; treatment of nursing home residents in hospital ER's.
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Summary as introduced:
Study; treatment of nursing home residents in hospital emergency rooms. Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to study treatment of nursing home residents in hospital emergency rooms. This resolution notes that Virginia has significant law relating to abuse and neglect of the elderly and the disabled; however, Adult Protective Services does not have legal tools comparable to those of Child Protective Services because adults are presumed, under most circumstances, to be capable of protecting themselves. Nursing home residents are, however, among the most vulnerable and fragile of adults and are the least able to protect their rights and to file complaints. Noting that statistics on the number and kinds of treatment that nursing home residents receive in hospital emergency rooms could identify problems that need to be resolved before crises occur, the resolution directs the Joint Commission to examine available reports in the Department of Health and to request the cooperation of the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association and the Virginia Health Care Association in collecting the most recent available data on injuries and illnesses among nursing home patients and emergency room visits. The Joint Commission must report its findings and recommendations by the first day of the 2004 Session.

Full text:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/07/03 035804406  pdf

Status:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/07/03 035804406
01/08/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/03  Senate: Reported from Rules by voice vote
01/27/03  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/04/03  Senate: Left in Finance