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Home health service agreements; physician's treatment orders; patient assessment; establishment and review of plan of care; provision of services; orders not to resuscitate.
Section 400.487, Florida Statutes 2004

400.487  Home health service agreements; physician's treatment orders; patient assessment; establishment and review of plan of care; provision of services; orders not to resuscitate.--

(1)  Services provided by a home health agency must be covered by an agreement between the home health agency and the patient or the patient's legal representative specifying the home health services to be provided, the rates or charges for services paid with private funds, and the method of payment. A home health agency providing skilled care must make an assessment of the patient's needs within 48 hours after the start of services.

(2)  When required by the provisions of chapter 464; part I, part III, or part V of chapter 468; or chapter 486, the attending physician for a patient who is to receive skilled care must establish treatment orders. The treatment orders must be signed by the physician within 30 days after the start of care and must be reviewed, as frequently as the patient's illness requires, by the physician in consultation with home health agency personnel that provide services to the patient.

(3)  A home health agency shall arrange for supervisory visits by a registered nurse to the home of a patient receiving home health aide services in accordance with the patient's direction and approval.

(4)  Each patient has the right to be informed of and to participate in the planning of his or her care. Each patient must be provided, upon request, a copy of the plan of care established and maintained for that patient by the home health agency.

(5)  When nursing services are ordered, the home health agency to which a patient has been admitted for care must provide the initial admission visit, all service evaluation visits, and the discharge visit by qualified personnel who are on the payroll of, and to whom an IRS payroll form W-2 will be issued by, the home health agency. Services provided by others under contractual arrangements to a home health agency must be monitored and managed by the admitting home health agency. The admitting home health agency is fully responsible for ensuring that all care provided through its employees or contract staff is delivered in accordance with this part and applicable rules.

(6)  The skilled care services provided by a home health agency, directly or under contract, must be supervised and coordinated in accordance with the plan of care.

(7)  Home health agency personnel may withhold or withdraw cardiopulmonary resuscitation if presented with an order not to resuscitate executed pursuant to s. 401.45 The agency shall adopt rules providing for the implementation of such orders. Home health personnel and agencies shall not be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability, nor be considered to have engaged in negligent or unprofessional conduct, for withholding or withdrawing cardiopulmonary resuscitation pursuant to such an order and rules adopted by the agency.

History.--s. 46, ch. 75-233; s. 2, ch. 81-318; ss. 79, 83, ch. 83-181; s. 4, ch. 88-219; s. 1, ch. 90-61; ss. 9, 23, ch. 93-214; s. 783, ch. 95-148; s. 3, ch. 96-222; s. 5, ch. 99-331; s. 6, ch. 99-332; s. 159, ch. 2000-318.