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RULE §19.101Definitions

  (47) Family representative--An individual appointed by the resident to represent the resident and other family members, by formal or informal arrangement.

  (48) Fiduciary agent--An individual who holds in trust another’s monies.

  (49) Free choice--Unrestricted right to choose a qualified provider of services.

  (50) Goals--Long-term: general statements of desired outcomes. Short-term: measurable time-limited, expected results that provide the means to evaluate the resident’s progress toward achieving long-term goals.

  (51) Governmental unit--A state or a political subdivision of the state, including a county or municipality.

  (52) Health care provider--An individual, including a physician, or facility licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized to administer health care, in the ordinary course of business or professional practice.

  (53) Hearing--A contested case hearing held in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001, and the formal hearing procedures in 1 TAC Chapter 357, Subchapter I (relating to Hearings Under the Administrative Procedure Act) and Chapter 91 of this title (relating to Hearings Under the Administrative Procedure Act).

  (54) HHSC--The Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

  (55) HIV--Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

  (56) Incident--An abnormal event, including accidents or injury to staff or residents, which is documented in facility reports. An occurrence in which a resident may have been subject to abuse, neglect, or exploitation must also be reported to HHSC.

  (57) Indirect ownership interest--Any ownership or membership interest in a person that has a direct ownership interest in an applicant or license holder.

  (58) Infection control--A program designed to prevent the transmission of disease and infection in order to provide a safe and sanitary environment.

  (59) Inspection--Any on-site visit to or survey of an institution by HHSC for the purpose of licensing, monitoring, complaint investigation, architectural review, or similar purpose.

  (60) Interdisciplinary care plan--See the definition of "comprehensive care plan."

  (61) Involuntary seclusion--Separation of a resident from others or from the resident’s room or confinement to the resident’s room, against the resident’s will or the will of a person who is legally authorized to act on behalf of the resident. Monitored separation from other residents is not involuntary seclusion if the separation is a therapeutic intervention that uses the least restrictive approach for the minimum amount of time, not exceed to 24 hours, until professional staff can develop a plan of care to meet the resident’s needs.

  (62) IV--Intravenous.

  (63) Legend drug or prescription drug--Any drug that requires a written or telephonic order of a practitioner before it may be dispensed by a pharmacist, or that may be delivered to a particular resident by a practitioner in the course of the practitioner’s practice.

  (64) License holder--A person that holds a license to operate a facility.

  (65) Licensed health professional--A physician; physician assistant; advanced practice registered nurse; physical, speech, or occupational therapist; pharmacist; physical or occupational therapy assistant; registered professional nurse; licensed vocational nurse; licensed dietitian; or licensed social worker.

  (66) Licensed nursing home (facility) administrator--A person currently licensed by HHSC in accordance with Chapter 18 of this title (relating to Nursing Facility Administrators).

  (67) Licensed vocational nurse (LVN)--A nurse who is currently licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as a licensed vocational nurse.

  (68) Life Safety Code--NFPA 101.

  (69) Life safety features--Fire safety components required by NFPA 101, including building construction, fire alarm systems, smoke detection systems, interior finishes, sizes and thicknesses of doors, exits, emergency electrical systems, and sprinkler systems.

  (70) Life support--Use of any technique, therapy, or device to assist in sustaining life. (See §19.419 of this chapter (relating to Advance Directives)).

  (71) Local authorities--Persons, including, but not limited to, local health authority, fire marshal, and building inspector, who may be authorized by state law, county order, or municipal ordinance to perform certain inspections or certifications.

  (72) Local health authority--The physician appointed by the governing body of a municipality or the commissioner’s court of the county to administer state and local laws relating to public health in the municipality’s or county’s jurisdiction as defined in Texas Health and Safety Code, §121.021.

  (73) Long-term care-regulatory--HHSC Regulatory Services Division, which is responsible for surveying nursing facilities to determine compliance with regulations for licensure and certification for Title XIX participation.

  (74) Major injury--An injury that qualifies as a major injury under NFPA 99.

  (75) Manager--A person, other than a licensed nursing home administrator, having a contractual relationship to provide management services to a facility.

  (76) Management services--Services provided under contract between the owner of a facility and a person to provide for the operation of a facility, including administration, staffing, maintenance, or delivery of resident services. Management services do not include contracts solely for maintenance, laundry, or food service.

  (77) MDS--Minimum data set. See Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI).

  (78) MDS nurse reviewer--A registered nurse employed by HHSC to monitor the accuracy of the MDS assessment submitted by a Medicaid-certified nursing facility.

  (79) Medicaid applicant--A person who requests the determination of eligibility to become a Medicaid recipient.

  (80) Medicaid nursing facility vendor payment system--Electronic billing and payment system for reimbursement to nursing facilities for services provided to eligible Medicaid recipients.

  (81) Medicaid recipient--A person who meets the eligibility requirements of the Title XIX Medicaid program, is eligible for nursing facility services, and resides in a Medicaid-participating facility.

  (82) Medical director--A physician licensed by the Texas Medical Board, who is engaged by the nursing home to assist in and advise regarding the provision of nursing and health care.

  (83) Medical power of attorney--The legal document that designates an agent to make treatment decisions if the individual designator becomes incapable.

  (84) Medical-social care plan--See Interdisciplinary Care Plan.

  (85) Medically related condition--An organic, debilitating disease or health disorder that requires services provided in a nursing facility, under the supervision of licensed nurses.

  (86) Medication aide--A person who holds a current permit issued under the Medication Aide Training Program as described in Chapter 95 of this title (relating to Medication Aides--Program Requirements) and acts under the authority of a person who holds a current license under state law which authorizes the licensee to administer medication.

  (87) Misappropriation of funds--The taking, secretion, misapplication, deprivation, transfer, or attempted transfer to any person not entitled to receive any property, real or personal, or anything of value belonging to or under the legal control of a resident without the effective consent of the resident or other appropriate legal authority, or the taking of any action contrary to any duty imposed by federal or state law prescribing conduct relating to the custody or disposition of property of a resident.

  (88) MN--Medical necessity. A determination, made by physicians and registered nurses who are employed by or contract with the state Medicaid claims administrator, that a recipient requires the services of a licensed nurse in an institutional setting to carry out a physician's planned regimen for total care. A recipient's need for custodial care in a 24-hour institutional setting does not constitute medical necessity.

  (89) Neglect--The failure to provide goods or services, including medical services that are necessary to avoid physical or emotional harm, pain, or mental illness.

  (90) NFPA--National Fire Protection Association.

  (91) NFPA 99--NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, 2012 Edition.

  (92) NFPA 101--NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2012 Edition.

  (93) NHIC--This term referred to the National Heritage Insurance Corporation. It now refers to the state Medicaid claims administrator.

  (94) Nonnursing personnel--Persons not assigned to give direct personal care to residents; including administrators, secretaries, activities directors, bookkeepers, cooks, janitors, maids, laundry workers, and yard maintenance workers.

  (95) Nurse aide--An individual who provides nursing or nursing-related services to residents in a facility under the supervision of a licensed nurse. This definition does not include an individual who is a licensed health professional, a registered dietitian, or someone who volunteers such services without pay. A nurse aide is not authorized to provide nursing or nursing-related services for which a license or registration is required under state law. Nurse aides do not include those individuals who furnish services to residents only as paid feeding assistants.

  (96) Nurse aide trainee--An individual who is attending a program teaching nurse aide skills.

  (97) Nurse practitioner--An advanced practice registered nurse.

  (98) Nurses’ station--A nurses' station is an area designated as the focal point on all shifts for the administration and supervision of resident-care activities for a designated number of resident bedrooms.

  (99) Nursing assessment--See definition of "comprehensive assessment" and "comprehensive care plan."

  (100) Nursing care--Services provided by nursing personnel which include, but are not limited to, observation; promotion and maintenance of health; prevention of illness and disability; management of health care during acute and chronic phases of illness; guidance and counseling of individuals and families; and referral to physicians, other health care providers, and community resources when appropriate.

  (101) Nursing facility/home--An institution that provides organized and structured nursing care and service, and is subject to licensure under Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 242. The nursing facility may also be certified to participate in the Medicaid Title XIX program. Depending on context, these terms are used to represent the management, administrator, or other persons or groups involved in the provision of care to the residents; or to represent the physical building, which may consist of one or more floors or one or more units, or which may be a distinct part of a licensed hospital.

  (102) Nursing facility/home administrator--See the definition of "licensed nursing home (facility) administrator."

  (103) Nursing personnel--Persons assigned to give direct personal and nursing services to residents, including registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, nurse aides, and medication aides. Unlicensed personnel function under the authority of licensed personnel.

  (104) Objectives--See definition of "goals."

  (105) OBRA--Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which includes provisions relating to nursing home reform, as amended.

  (106) Ombudsman--An advocate who is a certified representative, staff member, or volunteer of the HHSC Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman.

  (107) Optometrist--An individual with the profession of examining the eyes for defects of refraction and prescribing lenses for correction who is licensed by the Texas Optometry Board.

  (108) Paid feeding assistant--An individual who meets the requirements of §19.1113 of this chapter (relating to Paid Feeding Assistants) and who is paid to feed residents by a facility or who is used under an arrangement with another agency or organization.

  (109) PASARR or PASRR--Preadmission Screening and Resident Review.

  (110) Palliative Plan of Care--Appropriate medical and nursing care for residents with advanced and progressive diseases for whom the focus of care is controlling pain and symptoms while maintaining optimum quality of life.

  (111) Patient care-related electrical appliance--An electrical appliance that is intended to be used for diagnostic, therapeutic, or monitoring purposes in a patient care area, as defined in Standard 99 of the National Fire Protection Association.

  (112) Person--An individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, joint stock company, limited partnership, limited liability company, or any other legal entity, including a legal successor of those entities.

  (113) Pharmacist--An individual, licensed by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to practice pharmacy, who prepares and dispenses medications prescribed by a practitioner.


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