2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 39 - Nursing Home Administrators
§ 12-39-105. Powers and duties of the board - rules
(1) (a) The board has the following powers and duties:
(I) (A) To adopt rules defining standards of nursing home administration, including the responsibilities and duties of nursing home administrators, consistent with this article. The standards established in the rules shall be met by individuals in order to receive and retain a license and shall be designed to ensure that nursing home administrators are qualified by education and training in the appropriate field to serve as nursing home administrators.
(B) To develop and apply appropriate techniques, including examinations and investigations, for determining whether an individual meets such standards;
(II) To issue licenses to individuals determined, after application of such techniques, to meet such standards specified in subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a);
(III) To revoke, suspend, withhold, or refuse to renew any license previously issued by the board, to place a licensee or temporary license holder on probation, or to issue a letter of admonition to a licensee in accordance with section 12-39-111 (3) in any case where the individual holding any such license is determined to have failed to conform to the standards developed pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a) or to have committed an act that constitutes grounds for discipline as set forth in section 12-39-111;
(IV) To establish and carry out procedures designed to ensure that individuals licensed as nursing home administrators will, during any period that they serve as such, comply with the requirements of such standards specified in subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a);
(V) To conduct investigations, hold hearings, and take evidence in all matters relating to the exercise and performance of the powers and duties vested in the board and, in connection with any investigation following the filing of a signed complaint, an investigation initiated by the board, or any hearing, to administer oaths and issue subpoenas compelling the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books, papers, or records relevant to an investigation or hearing;
(VI) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2009, (SB 09-169), ch. 225, p. 1023, § 6, effective May 4, 2009.)
(b) The board or an administrative law judge shall have the power to administer oaths, take affirmations of witnesses, and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of all relevant papers, books, records, documentary evidence, and materials in any hearing, investigation, accusation, or other matter coming before the board. The board may appoint an administrative law judge pursuant to part 10 of article 30 of title 24, C.R.S., to take evidence and to make findings and report them to the board. The person providing documents shall prepare them from the original record and shall delete from the copy provided pursuant to the subpoena the name of the resident, but shall identify the resident by a numbered code, to be retained by the custodian of the records from which the copies were made. Upon certification of the custodian that the copies are true and complete except for the resident's name, they shall be deemed authentic, subject to the right to inspect the originals for the limited purpose of ascertaining the accuracy of the copies. No privilege of confidentiality shall exist with respect to the copies, and no liability shall lie against the board, the custodian, or the custodian's authorized employee for furnishing or using the copies in accordance with this subsection (1).
(c) Upon failure of any witness to comply with such subpoena or process, the district court of the county in which the subpoenaed person or licensee resides or conducts business, upon application by the board or director with notice to the subpoenaed person or licensee, may issue to the person or licensee an order requiring that person or licensee to appear before the board or director; to produce the relevant papers, books, records, documentary evidence, or materials if so ordered; or to give evidence touching the matter under investigation or in question. Failure to obey the order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt of court.
(3) (a) The board shall develop rules, with input from long-term care facility provider associations, the department of public health and environment, the office of the state attorney general, and consumer representatives, concerning factors to be considered in determining performance that fails to meet generally accepted standards for nursing home administrators and whether or not remedial or disciplinary actions are warranted. The board may create an advisory committee to assist the board in developing standards that describe the responsibilities and duties of nursing home administrators.
(b) If after an investigation the board determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the performance of a licensed administrator is inconsistent with the health or safety of residents in the care of the facility in which the administrator works and is contrary to standards adopted by the board, the board may initiate disciplinary action as may be warranted.
(4) The board shall have the authority to make rules consistent with law as may be necessary for the proper performance of its duties and to take such other actions as may be necessary to enable the state to meet the requirements set forth in section 1908 of the federal "Social Security Act", the federal rules promulgated thereunder, and other pertinent federal requirements.
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