TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.8
Abuse in Health Care Facilities

SECTION 23-17.8-3.1


§ 23-17.8-3.1 Physician's, certified registered nurse practitioner's and physician assistant's report of examination – Duty of facility.

Whenever a facility shall receive a report by a person other than a physician or a certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant that a patient or resident of the facility has been harmed as a result of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment, the facility shall have the patient examined by a licensed physician or a certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant. It shall be mandatory for the physician or certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant to make a preliminary report of his or her findings to the department of health for a health care facility, or to the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals for a community residence for people who are mentally retarded or persons with developmental disabilities and to the facility within forty-eight (48) hours after his or her examination, and a written report within five (5) days after his or her examination.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 563, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 235, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 423, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 386, § 1; P.L. 1994, ch. 317, § 4; P.L. 1999, ch. 83, § 51; P.L. 1999, ch. 130, § 51; P.L. 2002, ch. 405, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 254, § 2; P.L. 2012, ch. 264, § 2.)