Bill Text: NJ A4683 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires certain medical facilities to undertake end-of-life planning and training as condition of licensure.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-10-29 - Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee [A4683 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A4683-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 4683

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 29, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  SHANIQUE SPEIGHT

District 29 (Essex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires certain medical facilities to undertake end-of-life planning and training as condition of licensure.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning end-of-life care and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a. Assisted living facilities, dementia care facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities shall:

     (1)  require annual education on advance care planning, end-of-life care and POLST forms for administrative and professional medical staff;

     (2)  provide patients and their families, as appropriate, educational materials on POLST forms, advance directives, and hospice and palliative care; and

     (3)  implement policies to identify and address end-of-life issues upon patients' admission to facility.

     b.    The department may suspend the license of a facility that fails to comply with the provisions of this section.

     c.    As used in this section:

     "Advance directive, department, and POLST form shall have the same meaning as prescribed for those terms in section 3 of P.L.2011, c.145 (C.26:2H-131).

     "Assisted living facility" means an assisted living residence or comprehensive personal care home licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.).

     "Dementia care home" means a community residential facility which: (1) provides services to residents with special needs, including, but not limited to, persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders or other forms of dementia; (2) is subject to the licensure authority of the Department of Health as a health care facility pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.); (3) and meets the requirements of section 19 of P.L.2015, c.125 (C.26:2H-150).

     "Hospital" means an acute care hospital licensed by the Department of Health pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et al.).

     "Long-term care facility" means a nursing home, assisted living residence, comprehensive personal care home, residential health care facility, or dementia care home licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.).

 

     2.    The Department of Health, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall adopt rules and regulations as are necessary to effectuate the provisions of section 1 of this act. 

 

     3.    This act shall take effect 180 days after the date of enactment.

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires certain medical facilities to undertake end-of-life planning and training as condition of the facility's licensure.

     Under the bill, assisted living facilities, dementia care facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities are to: (1) require annual education on advance care planning, end-of-life care and POLST forms for administrative and professional medical staff; (2) provide patients and their families, as appropriate, educational materials on POLST forms, advance directives, and hospice and palliative care; and (3) implement policies to identify and address end-of-life issues upon patients' admission to facility.  The Department of Health may suspend the license of a facility that fails to comply with the bill's provisions.

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