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Title 42Chapter IVSubchapter CPart 431 → Subpart N


Title 42: Public Health
PART 431—STATE ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION


Subpart N—State Programs for Licensing Nursing Home Administrators


Contents
§431.700   Basis and purpose.
§431.701   Definitions.
§431.702   State plan requirement.
§431.703   Licensing requirement.
§431.704   Nursing homes designated by other terms.
§431.705   Licensing authority.
§431.706   Composition of licensing board.
§431.707   Standards.
§431.708   Procedures for applying standards.
§431.709   Issuance and revocation of license.
§431.710   Provisional licenses.
§431.711   Compliance with standards.
§431.712   Failure to comply with standards.
§431.713   Continuing study and investigation.
§431.714   Waivers.
§431.715   Federal financial participation.

§431.700   Basis and purpose.

This subpart implements sections 1903(a)(29) and 1908 of the Act which require that the State plan include a State program for licensing nursing home administrators.

§431.701   Definitions.

Unless otherwise indicated, the following definitions apply for purposes of this subpart:

Agency means the State agency responsible for licensing individual practitioners under the State's healing arts licensing act.

Board means an appointed State board established to carry out a State program for licensing administrators of nursing homes, in a State that does not have a healing arts licensing act or an agency as defined in this section.

Licensed means certified by a State agency or board as meeting all of the requirements for a licensed nursing home administrator specified in this subpart.

Nursing home means any institution, facility, or distinct part of a hospital that is licensed or formally recognized as meeting nursing home standards established under State law, or that is determined under §431.704 to be included under the requirements of this subpart. The term does not include—

(a) A religious nonmedical institution as defined in §440.170(b) of this chapter; or

(b) A distinct part of a hospital, if the hospital meets the definition in §440.10 or §440.140 of this subchapter, and the distinct part is not licensed separately or formally approved as a nursing home by the State even though it is designated or certified as a skilled nursing facility.

Nursing home administrator means any person who is in charge of the general administration of a nursing home whether or not the person—

(a) Has an ownership interest in the home; or

(b) Shares his functions and duties with one or more other persons.

[43 FR 45188, Sept. 29, 1978, as amended at 64 FR 67052, Nov. 30, 1999]

§431.702   State plan requirement.

A State plan must provide that the State has a program for licensing administrators of nursing homes that meets the requirements of §§431.703 through 431.713 of this subpart.

§431.703   Licensing requirement.

The State licensing program must provide that only nursing homes supervised by an administrator licensed in accordance with the requirements of this subpart may operate in the State.

§431.704   Nursing homes designated by other terms.

If a State licensing law does not use the term “nursing home,” the CMS Administrator will determine the term or terms equivalent to “nursing home” for purposes of applying the requirements of this subpart. To obtain this determination, the Medicaid agency must submit to the Regional Medicaid Director copies of current State laws that define institutional health care facilities for licensing purposes.

§431.705   Licensing authority.

(a) The State licensing program must provide for licensing of nursing home administrators by—

(1) The agency designated under the healing arts act of the State; or

(2) A State licensing board.

(b) The State agency or board must perform the functions and duties specified in §§431.707 through 431.713 and the board must meet the membership requirements specified in §431.706 of this subpart.

§431.706   Composition of licensing board.

(a) The board must be composed of persons representing professions and institutions concerned with the care and treatment of chronically ill or infirm elderly patients. However—

(1) A majority of the board members may not be representative of a single profession or category of institution; and

(2) Members not representative of institutions may not have a direct financial interest in any nursing home.

(b) For purposes of this section, nursing home administrators are considered representatives of institutions.

§431.707   Standards.

(a) The agency or board must develop, impose, and enforce standards that must be met by individuals in order to be licensed as a nursing home administrator.

(b) The standards must be designed to insure that nursing home administrators are—

(1) Of good character;

(2) Otherwise suitable; and

(3) Qualified to serve because of training or experience in institutional administration.

§431.708   Procedures for applying standards.

The agency or board must develop and apply appropriate procedures and techniques, including examinations and investigations, for determining if a person meets the licensing standards.

§431.709   Issuance and revocation of license.

Except as provided in §431.714 of this subpart, the agency or board must—

(a) Issue licenses to persons who meet the agency's or board's standards; and

(b) Revoke or suspend a license if the agency or board determines that the person holding the license substantially fails to meet the standards.

§431.710   Provisional licenses.

To fill a position of nursing home administrator that unexpectedly becomes vacant, the agency or board may issue one provisional license, for a single period not to exceed 6 months. The license may be issued to a person who does not meet all of the licensing requirements established under §431.707 but who—

(a) Is of good character and otherwise suitable; and

(b) Meets any other standards established for provisional licensure by the agency or board.

§431.711   Compliance with standards.

The agency or board must establish and carry out procedures to insure that licensed administrators comply with the standards in this subpart when they serve as nursing home administrators.

§431.712   Failure to comply with standards.

The agency or board must investigate and act on all complaints it receives of violations of standards.

§431.713   Continuing study and investigation.

The agency or board must conduct a continuing study of nursing homes and administrators within the State to improve—

(a) Licensing standards; and

(b) The procedures and methods for enforcing the standards.

§431.714   Waivers.

The agency or board may waive any standards developed under §431.707 of this subpart for any person who has served in the capacity of a nursing home administrator during all of the 3 calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year in which the State first meets the requirements in this subpart.

§431.715   Federal financial participation.

No FFP is available in expenditures by the licensing board for establishing and maintaining standards for the licensing of nursing home administrators.

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