S.P. 529 - L.D. 1634
An Act to Provide Information to Consumers of Health Care
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1831 is enacted to read:
§1831. Patient referrals
1. Provision of information. In order to provide for informed patient or resident decisions, a hospital or nursing facility shall provide lists of licensed providers of care and services for all patients or residents prior to discharge for whom home health care or nursing care is needed.
A. For all patients or residents requiring home health care, the list must include all licensed home health care providers that request to be listed and any branch offices, including addresses and phone numbers, that serve the area in which the patient or resident resides.
B. For all patients or residents requiring nursing facility care, the list must include all nursing facilities that request to be listed that serve the area in which the patient or resident resides or wishes to reside.
C. The hospital or nursing facility shall disclose to the patient or resident any direct or indirect financial interest the hospital or nursing facility has in the nursing facility or home health care provider.
2. Rulemaking. The department shall establish by rule guidelines necessary to carry out the purposes of this section. Rules adopted under this section are routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter II-A.
Effective September 19, 1997, unless otherwise indicated.
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