Maine Revised Statutes

§1816. Inspections

Every building, institution or establishment for which a license has been issued shall be periodically inspected by duly appointed representatives of the Bureau of Medical Services under the rules and regulations to be established by the department. No institution of any kind licensed pursuant to this chapter shall be required to be licensed or inspected under the laws of this State relating to hotels, restaurants, lodging houses, boardinghouses and places of refreshments. No such license shall be issued until the applicant has furnished the department with a written statement signed by the Commissioner of Public Safety or the proper municipal official designated in Title 25, chapters 313 to 321 to make fire safety inspections that the home and premises comply with said chapters 313 to 321 relating to fire safety. The department shall establish and pay reasonable fees to the municipal official or the Commissioner of Public Safety for each such inspection. Said written statement shall be furnished annually. [1981, c. 470, Pt. A, §71 (AMD).]

For nursing facilities providing both nursing home and assisted living services, the department shall ensure that a single coordinated licensing and life safety code inspection is performed. The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement this paragraph. Rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph are routine technical rules as defined by Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter II-A. [1997, c. 488, §2 (NEW).]

A hospital licensed under this chapter is exempt from department inspection requirements under this chapter if the hospital is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the federal Medicare program and holds full accreditation status by a health care facility accrediting organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If a hospital is certified to participate in the federal Medicare program and not accredited by a health care facility accrediting organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the department shall inspect the hospital every 3 years for compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' conditions of participation. The provisions of this paragraph do not exempt a hospital from an inspection by the department in response to a complaint or suspected violation of this chapter or of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' conditions of participation or an inspection by another state agency or municipality for building code, fire code, life safety code or other purposes unrelated to health care facility licensing or accreditation. For purposes of this paragraph, "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services" means the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [2007, c. 314, §1 (NEW); 2007, c. 314, §2 (AFF).]

SECTION HISTORY
1971, c. 592, §5 (AMD). 1975, c. 623, §27 (AMD). 1981, c. 470, §A71 (AMD). 1997, c. 488, §2 (AMD). 2007, c. 314, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 314, §2 (AFF).

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