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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 556NURSE AIDES
RULE §556.12Findings and Inquiries

(a) HHSC reviews and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property by a nurse aide employed in a facility. If HHSC finds that a nurse aide committed an act of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property, before entry of the finding on the NAR, HHSC provides the nurse aide an opportunity to dispute the finding through an informal review (IR) and a hearing as described in this section.

(b) If HHSC finds that a nurse aide committed an act of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property, HHSC sends the nurse aide a written notice regarding the finding. The notice includes:

  (1) a summary of the findings and facts on which the findings are based;

  (2) a statement informing the nurse aide of the right to an IR to dispute HHSC findings;

  (3) a statement informing the nurse aide that a request for an IR must be made within 10 days after the date the nurse aide receives the written notice; and

  (4) the address and contact information for the local HHSC regional office, where the nurse aide must submit a request for an IR.

(c) If a nurse aide requests an IR, HHSC sets a date to allow the nurse aide to dispute the findings of the investigation of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property. The nurse aide may dispute the findings by providing testimony, in person or by telephone, to an impartial HHSC staff person at the local HHSC regional office.

  (1) If the staff person does not uphold the findings, HHSC notifies the nurse aide of the results of the IR and closes the investigation. HHSC does not record information related to the investigation in the NAR.

  (2) If the staff person upholds the findings, HHSC notifies the nurse aide of the results of the IR. The nurse aide may request a hearing in accordance with subsection (d) of this section.

  (3) If the nurse aide does not request an IR, or fails to appear for a requested IR, HHSC upholds the findings. The nurse aide may request a hearing in accordance with subsection (d) of this section.

(d) A nurse aide may request a hearing after receipt of HHSC notice of the results of an IR described in subsection (c)(2) of this section. 1 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 357, Subchapter I (relating to Hearings Under the Administrative Procedure Act), and 40 TAC Chapter 91 (relating to Hearings Under the Administrative Procedure Act) govern the hearing, except that a nurse aide must request a formal hearing within 30 days after receipt of HHSC notice in compliance with 42 CFR §488.335. If the nurse aide fails to request a hearing, the nurse aide waives the opportunity for a hearing and HHSC enters the finding of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property, as appropriate, on the NAR.

(e) If HHSC receives an allegation that a nurse aide, who has a medication aide permit under Chapter 557 of this title (relating to Medication Aides--Program Requirements), committed an act of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property, HHSC investigates the allegation under this section regarding the nurse aide practice and under Chapter 557 of this title to determine if the allegation violates the medication aide practice. The investigations run concurrently. If after the investigations, the nurse aide requests hearings on the findings under the nurse aide practice and the medication aide practice, only one hearing, conducted in accordance with subsection (d) of this section, is available to the nurse aide.

(f) If HHSC finds that a nurse aide committed an act of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property, HHSC reports the finding to:

  (1) the NAR;

  (2) the nurse aide;

  (3) the administrator of the facility in which the act occurred; and

  (4) the administrator of the facility that employs the nurse aide, if different from the facility in which the act occurred.

(g) The NAR must include the findings involving a nurse aide listed on the NAR, as well as any brief statement of the nurse aide disputing the findings.

(h) The information on the NAR is available to the public.

(i) If an inquiry is made about a nurse aide's status on the NAR, HHSC must:

  (1) verify if the nurse aide is listed on the NAR;

  (2) disclose information concerning a finding of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property involving the nurse aide; and

  (3) disclose any statement by the nurse aide related to the finding.

(j) If a nurse aide works in a capacity other than a nurse aide in a facility and is listed as unemployable in the EMR, HHSC changes the status of the nurse aide's listing on the NAR to revoked or suspended. The due process available to the nurse aide before placement on the EMR satisfies the due process required before HHSC changes the nurse aide's status on the NAR.

(k) If HHSC lists a nurse aide's status on the NAR as suspended or revoked because of a single finding of neglect, the nurse aide may request that HHSC remove the finding after the finding has been listed on the NAR for one year. To request removal of the finding, the nurse aide must submit a HHSC Petition for Removal of Neglect Finding to HHSC in accordance with the petition's instructions.


Source Note: The provisions of this §556.12 adopted to be effective September 24, 2018, 43 TexReg 6326

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