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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 381. Regulations for the Licensure of Home Care Organizations

12VAC5-381-250. Quality improvement.

A. The organization shall implement an ongoing, comprehensive, integrated, self-assessment program of the quality and appropriateness of care or services provided, including services provided under contract or agreement. The findings shall be used to correct identified problems and revise policies and practices, as necessary. Exclusive concentration on administrative or cost-of-care issues does not fulfill this requirement.

B. The following data shall be evaluated to identify unacceptable or unexpected trends or occurrences:

1. Staffing patterns and performance to assure adequacy and appropriateness of services delivered;

2. Supervision appropriate to the level of service;

3. On-call responses;

4. Client records for appropriateness of services provided;

5. Client satisfaction;

6. Complaint resolution;

7. Infections;

8. Staff concerns regarding client care; and

9. Provision of services appropriate to the clients' needs.

C. A quality improvement committee responsible for the oversight and supervision of the program, shall consist of:

1. The director of skilled services or organization's register nurse as appropriate for the type of services provided;

2. A member of the administrative staff;

3. Representatives from each of the services provided by the organization, including contracted services; and

4. An individual with demonstrated ability to represent the rights and concerns of clients. The individual may be a member of the organization's staff, a client, or a client's family member.

In selecting members of this committee, consideration shall be given to a candidate's abilities and sensitivity to issues relating to quality of care and services provided to clients.

D. Measures shall be implemented to resolve important problems or concerns that have been identified. Health care practitioners, as applicable, and administrative staff shall participate in the resolution of the problems or concerns that are identified.

E. Results of the quality improvement program shall be reported annually to the governing body and the administrator and available in the organization. The report shall be acted upon by the governing body and the organization. All corrective actions shall be documented.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 3, eff. January 1, 2006.

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