00RS HB661


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HB 661/FN (BR 448) - J. Jenkins

     AN ACT relating to health care.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 216B to define "acuity-based staffing plan," "division," "hospital," and "long-term care facility"; require hospitals and long-term care facilities to provide acuity-based staffing plans to the Division of Licensing and Regulation; require the staffing plan to address all of the patient's physical, psychosocial, and nutritional needs; prohibits any person from influencing, coercing, threatening, intimidating, or harassing the assigned nurse to downgrade the patient's acuity; provide specific ratios for certain units; provide for monthly statistics; prohibit incentives for denial of care; provide protection from adverse employment actions; create Hospital and Long-Term Care Patient Care Council; amend KRS 216B.990 to provide penalties for violations and deny Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals and long-term care facilities violating requirement for acuity-based staffing plan.

     Feb 10-introduced in House
     Feb 14-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Mar 9-posted in committee

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