|(a) A rapid response team is comprised of one or more
Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) quality-of-care monitors
and visits a facility that:
(1) is identified as high risk through the early warning
system described in §19.910 of this subchapter (relating to Quality
Assurance Early Warning System); or
(2) has committed three violations that constitute
an immediate threat to health and safety relating to abuse or neglect
of a resident as described in §19.2107 of this chapter (relating
to Revocation of a License by the HHSC Executive Commissioner).
(b) A facility must cooperate with a rapid response
team to improve the quality of care provided at the facility by:
(1) providing immediate access to all the parts of
(2) providing immediate access to residents, staff,
contractors and reasonable access to volunteers;
(3) providing access to all documents maintained by
or on behalf of the facility upon request from the rapid response
(4) allowing the rapid response team to copy documents,
photograph residents, and use any other available recording devices
in accordance with §19.2002(h) of this chapter (relating to Procedural
Requirements--Licensure Inspections and Surveys); and
(5) not interfering with the work of the rapid response
team during a visit.
(c) In determining whether a facility has demonstrated
improvement in the quality of care, the rapid response team may consider
factors such as implementation of the team's recommendation or guidance.
(d) A rapid response team may visit a facility that
requests assistance from HHSC. A visit under this subsection may not
occur until at least 60 days after the date of an exit interview following
(e) A rapid response team may not be deployed for the
purpose of helping a facility prepare for an inspection or survey.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §554.911 adopted to be effective May 1, 2002, 27 TexReg 3207; amended to be effective June 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 4458; amended to be effective March 27, 2017, 42 TexReg 1575; transferred effective January 15, 2021, as published in the Texas Register December 11, 2020, 45 TexReg 8871