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      RS 40:2009.25     

  

§2009.25. Emergency preparedness plans for nursing homes; applicable parishes; requirements; Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Review Committee; rules and regulations; application

            A. Due to the threat hurricanes pose to the parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Vermilion, nursing homes located in these parishes shall develop an emergency preparedness plan which shall be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Health, bureau of health services financing, emergency preparedness manager, by August 1, 2006.

            B. Each emergency preparedness plan shall be reviewed and updated by the nursing home annually. A summary of the updated plan shall be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Health, bureau of health services financing, emergency preparedness manager, by March first of each year. If the emergency preparedness plan is changed, modified, or amended by the nursing home during the year, a summary of the amended plan shall be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Health, bureau of health services financing, emergency preparedness manager, within thirty days of the amendment or modification.

            C. Each summary of the emergency preparedness plan shall include and identify at a minimum:

            (1) A primary sheltering host site outside the area of risk, verified by written agreements or contracts and any other alternative sheltering host sites that the nursing home may have.

            (2) Proof of transportation or a contract with a transportation company, verified by a written transportation agreement or contract.

            (3) Staffing patterns for evacuation, including contact information for such staff.

            D. The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health shall prescribe and publish, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, criteria for evaluation of all emergency preparedness plans.

            E. The Louisiana Department of Health shall:

            (1) Review the emergency preparedness plans.

            (2) Prepare findings from the collected information.

            (3) Share such findings with the Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Review Committee.

            F. There is hereby created in the Louisiana Department of Health the Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Review Committee, hereinafter referred to in this Section as the "committee." The committee, which shall convene at least annually, shall be charged with reviewing the findings of the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the department under this Section, identifying risks and threats, identifying manpower issues for loading, transporting and unloading residents, and developing recommendations for emergency preparedness plans to promote the health, safety, and welfare of nursing home residents. The committee shall be comprised of the following members:

            (1) The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health or his designee.

            (2) The undersecretary of the Louisiana Department of Health or his designee.

            (3) The state health officer of the Louisiana Department of Health or his designee.

            (4) The Louisiana Department of Health, bureau of health services financing, emergency preparedness manager who shall serve as the chairperson of the committee.

            (5) Five persons appointed by the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health who are directors or managers of the parish or local emergency preparedness offices.

            (6) The secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development or his designee.

            (7) The executive director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.

            (8) The executive director of the Gulf States Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

            (9) Two persons appointed by the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health who are either owners or administrators of nursing homes from the parishes listed in Subsection A of this Section.

            (10) The nursing home ombudsman from the governor's office of elderly affairs or his designee.

            (11) The chair of the emergency preparedness committee of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.

            (12) The executive director of the Advocacy Center or his designee.

            G. All members of the committee shall serve without compensation.

            H. Any rule recommended or proposed by the committee shall be subject to the review and approval of the secretary, and if approved, shall be promulgated by the Louisiana Department of Health in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

            I. The provisions of this Section shall be in addition to all other licensing and certification laws, standards, rules, and regulations for nursing homes.

            Acts 2006, No. 540, §2, eff. June 22, 2006; Acts 2014, No. 811, §22, eff. June 23, 2014.



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