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Department of Health and Social Services
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Statutory Authority: 31 Delaware Code, Section 512 (31 Del.C. §512)
 
PROPOSED
 
PUBLIC NOTICE
 
State Survey Agency State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
 
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) is proposing to amend the Title XIX Delaware Medicaid State Plan regarding State Survey Agency specifically, a change in the administrative authority of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the proposed new regulations must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Planning & Policy Development Unit, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, 1901 North DuPont Highway, P.O. Box 906, New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906 or by fax to 302-255-4425 by July 31, 2012.
The action concerning the determination of whether to adopt the proposed regulation will be based upon the results of Department and Division staff analysis and the consideration of the comments and written materials filed by other interested persons.
 
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL
 
The proposed provides notice to the public that the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) intends to amend the Title XIX Medicaid State Plan regarding State Survey Agency, specifically, a change in the administrative authority of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
 
Statutory Authority
Social Security Act §1919(g)(1)(C), Survey and Certification Process
146th General Assembly, Senate Bill 102, An Act to Amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code Relating to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
 
Background
The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program was established by Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1978 as a demonstration program and was transferred to a new Title VII of the OAA (which also includes other programs) in 1992. With enactment States are required to establish and operate an Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, headed by the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The Ombudsman Program identifies, investigates and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of residents of nursing, board and care and similar adult care homes; addresses major issues which affect residents; works to educate residents, nursing home personnel and the public about residents rights and other matters affecting residents; and performs other functions specified in the Act to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of residents.
Today, the Ombudsman Program exists in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, under the authorization of the Older Americans Act. Each state has an Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, headed by a full-time state ombudsman assisting residents and their families and providing a voice for those unable to speak for themselves.
Delaware’s Ombudsman Program has received Medicaid funding since 1990 and was previously administered through the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD).
 
Summary of Proposal
What Prompted the Change?
Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) received authorization in State Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Bill to consolidate the three (3) long-term care facilities, Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), Emily P. Bissell Hospital (EPBH), and Governor Bacon Health Center (GBHC) into the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). The consolidation was implemented to improve access to services as the needs of the residents of the three facilities are similar to the needs of DSAAPD’s overall target population. The perception of a conflict of interest would have been created if the same Division Director supervised the three facilities and supervised the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP), which is charged with monitoring clients’ rights of the residents who live there. Federal regulations require the Ombudsman program be in a Division separate from long-term care facilities.
Authorized by Senate Bill 102 (146th General Assembly) and signed into law by the Governor on July 13, 2011, this change was not only to enhance crucial constituent services consistent with the Secretary’s focus on client advocacy and protections and to elevate their visibility across the Department and State Government, but also to address the possible perception of a conflict of interest which would exist if the program remained within the DSAAPD, which now houses the long term care facilities. The effective date of the transition was January 1, 2011.
Summary of Proposed Amendment
As referenced above, the Medicaid State plan will be amended at General Program Administration, 4.40(d), Survey & Certification Process to identify a change in the administrative authority over the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from the DSAAPD to the Office of the Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS). DHSS is the designated single State agency responsible for the administration of Delaware Medicaid.
The provisions of this state plan amendment are subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
 
Fiscal Impact Statement
This plan amendment imposes no increase in cost on the General Fund.
 
DMMA PROPOSED REGULATION #12-29
REVISION:
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Revision: HCFA-PM-92-3 (HSQB) OMB No.:
APRIL 1992
 
STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
Sections 1919(g)(1) thru (2) and 1919(g)(4) thru (5) of the Act; P.L. 100-203
The State assures that the requirement of 1919(g)(1)(A) through (C) and section 1919(g)(2) (A) through (E)(iii) of the Act which relate to the survey and certificaion on non-State owned facilities based on the requirements of section 1919(b), (c) and (d) os this Act are met.
The State conducts periodic education programs for staff and residents (and their representative). Attachment 4.40-A describes the survey and certification education program.
The State provides for a process for the receipt and timely review and investigation of allegations of neglect and abuse and misappropriation of resident property by a nurse aid of a resident in a nursing facility or by another individual used by the facility. Attachment 4.40-B describes the State’s process.
The State agency responsible for surveys and certification of nursing facilities or an agency delegated by the State survey agency conducst the process for the receipt and timely review and investigation, of allegations of neglect and abuse and misappropriation of resident property. If not the State survey agency, what agency? Ombudsman - Division of Aging State Long Term Care Ombudsman - Delaware Health and Social Services.
The State assures that a nurse aide, found to have neglected or abused a resident of Act misappropriated resident property in a facility, is notified of the finding. the name and finding is placed on the nurse aide registry.**
The State notifies the appropriate licensure authority of any licensed individual found to have neglected or abused a resident or misappropriated resident property in a facility. Allegations are investigated by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office. Results are reported to the Delaware Board of Licensure and Discipline.
**The Delaware Attorney General’s Office sends reports of all adjudicated Nurses Aides to the Delaware Office of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification who notifies the Delaware Nurse Aide Registry.
16 DE Reg. 42 (07/01/12) (Prop.)