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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 73. Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities
7/11/2020

22VAC40-73-620. Oversight of Special Diets.

A. There shall be oversight at least every six months of special diets by a dietitian or nutritionist for each resident who has such a diet. Special diets may also be referred to using terms such as medical nutrition therapy or diet therapy. The dietitian or nutritionist must meet the requirements of § 54.1-2731 of the Code of Virginia.

B. The oversight specified in subsection A of this section shall be on site and include the following:

1. A review of the physician's or other prescriber's order and the preparation and delivery of the special diet.

2. An evaluation of the adequacy of the resident's special diet and the resident's acceptance of the diet.

3. Certification that the requirements of this subsection were met, including the date of the oversight and identification of the residents for whom the oversight was provided. The administrator shall be advised of the findings of the oversight and any recommendations. All of the requirements of this subdivision shall be (i) in writing, (ii) signed and dated by the dietitian or nutritionist, (iii) provided to the administrator within 10 days of the completion of the oversight, and (iv) maintained in the files at the facility for at least two years, with any specific recommendations regarding a particular resident also maintained in the resident's record.

4. Upon receipt of recommendations noted in subdivision 3 of this subsection, the administrator, dietitian, or nutritionist shall report them to the resident's physician. Documentation of the report shall be maintained in the resident's record.

5. Action taken in response to the recommendations noted in subdivision 3 of this subsection shall be documented in the resident's record.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217, 63.2-1732, 63.2-1802, 63.2-1805, and 63.2-1808 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 34, Issue 06, eff. February 1, 2018.

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