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Chapter 198

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  198.532.  Investigation of complaints — results provided, when. — 1.  Complaints filed with the department of health and senior services against a long-term care facility which allege that harm has occurred or is likely to occur to a resident or residents of the facility due to actions or the lack of actions taken by the facility shall be investigated within thirty days of receipt of such complaints.  The purpose of such investigation shall be to ensure the safety, protection and care of all residents of the facility likely to be affected by the alleged action or inaction.  Such investigation shall be in addition to the investigation requirements for abuse and neglect reports pursuant to section 198.070.

  2.  The department shall provide the results of all investigations in accordance with section 192.2500.  The department shall provide the results of such investigation in writing to all parties to the complaint, and if requested, to any of the facility's residents, or their family members or guardians.  Complaints and written results will be readily available for public access and review at the department of health and senior services and at the long-term care facility.  Personal information identifying the resident will be blanked out, except in regard to immediate family, the attorney-in-fact or the legal guardian of the resident in question.  This information will remain readily available for a period of time determined by the department of health and senior services.  

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(L. 1999 S.B. 326 § 1, A.L. 2003 S.B. 556 & 311)


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