Bill Text: VA HB2474 | 2019 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Long-term care; expediting review of applications, report.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-18 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0430) [HB2474 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB2474-Chaptered.html

An Act to amend and reenact §32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia, relating to expediting review of applications for long-term care.
[H 2474]
Approved March 18, 2019


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§32.1-330. Preadmission screening required.

A. All individuals who will be eligible for community or institutional long-term care services as defined in the state plan for medical assistance shall be evaluated to determine their need for nursing facility services as defined in that plan. The Department shall require a preadmission screening of all individuals who, at the time of application for admission to a certified nursing facility as defined in §32.1-123, are eligible for medical assistance or will become eligible within six months following admission. For community-based screening, the screening team shall consist of a nurse, social worker or other assessor designated by the Department, and physician who are employees of the Department of Health or the local department of social services or a team of licensed physicians, nurses, and social workers at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) for WWRC clients only. For institutional screening, the Department shall contract with acute care hospitals. The Department shall contract with other public or private entities to conduct required community-based and institutional screenings in addition to or in lieu of the screening teams described in this section in jurisdictions in which the screening team has been unable to complete screenings of individuals within 30 days of such individuals' application.

The Department shall report annually by August 1 to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health regarding (i) the number of screenings for eligibility for community-based and institutional long-term care services conducted pursuant to this subsection and (ii) the number of cases in which the Department or the public or private entity with which the Department has entered into a contract to conduct such screenings fails to complete such screenings within 30 days.

B. The Department shall require all individuals who administer screenings pursuant to this section to receive training on and be certified in the use of the uniform assessment instrument for screening individuals for eligibility for community or institutional long-term care services provided in accordance with the state plan for medical assistance prior to conducting such screenings. The Department shall publicly report by August 1, 2018, and each year thereafter on the outcomes of the performance standards.