2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 39 - Nursing Home Administrators
§ 12-39-111. Grounds for discipline
(1) The board has the power to revoke, suspend, withhold, or refuse to renew any license, to place on probation a licensee or temporary license holder, or to issue a letter of admonition to a licensee in accordance with the procedures set forth in subsection (3) of this section, upon proof that such person:
(a) Has procured or attempted to procure a license by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, misleading omission, or material misstatement of fact;
(b) Has been convicted of a felony or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony. A certified copy of the judgment of conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be prima facie evidence of such conviction. In considering a possible revocation, suspension, or nonrenewal of a license or temporary license the board shall be governed by the provisions of section 24-5-101, C.R.S.
(c) Has had a license to practice nursing home administration or any other health care occupation suspended or revoked in any jurisdiction. A certified copy of the order of suspension or revocation shall be prima facie evidence of such suspension or revocation.
(d) Has violated or aided or abetted a violation of any provision of this article, any rule or regulation adopted under this article, or any lawful order of the board;
(e) Has committed or engaged in any act or omission which fails to meet generally accepted standards for such nursing home administration practice or licensure;
(f) Has falsified or made incorrect entries or failed to make essential entries on resident records;
(g) Is addicted to or dependent on alcohol or habit-forming drugs, abuses or engages in the habitual or excessive use of any such habit-forming drug or any controlled substance as defined in section 18-18-102 (5), C.R.S., or participates in the unlawful use of controlled substances as specified in section 18-18-404, C.R.S.; except that the board has the discretion not to discipline the licensee if such person is participating, in good faith, in a program approved by the board designed to end such addiction or dependency;
(h) Has a physical or mental disability that renders the licensee unable to practice nursing home administration with reasonable skill and safety to the residents and that may endanger the health or safety of persons under the licensee's care;
(i) Has violated the confidentiality of information or knowledge as prescribed by law concerning any resident;
(j) Has violated section 18-13-119, C.R.S., concerning the abuse of health insurance;
(k) Has failed to post in the nursing home facility in a conspicuous place and in clearly legible type a notice giving the address and telephone number of the board and stating that complaints may be made to the board;
(l) Has practiced as a nursing home administrator without a license;
(m) Has used in connection with the person's name any designations tending to imply that the person is a licensed nursing home administrator, unless the person in fact holds a valid license;
(n) Has practiced as a nursing home administrator during a period when the person's license has been suspended or revoked; or
(o) Has sold, fraudulently obtained, or furnished a license to practice as a nursing home administrator, or has aided or abetted therein.
(2) The board need not find that the actions which are grounds for discipline were willful or negligent, but it may consider the same in determining the nature of disciplinary sanctions to be imposed.
(3) (a) When a complaint or investigation discloses an instance of misconduct that, in the opinion of the board, does not warrant formal action by the board but that should not be dismissed as being without merit, a letter of admonition may be issued and sent, by certified mail, to the licensee.
(b) When a letter of admonition is sent by the board, by certified mail, to a licensee, such licensee shall be advised that he or she has the right to request in writing, within twenty days after receipt of the letter, that formal disciplinary proceedings be initiated to adjudicate the propriety of the conduct upon which the letter of admonition is based.
(c) If the request for adjudication is timely made, the letter of admonition shall be deemed vacated and the matter shall be processed by means of formal disciplinary proceedings.
(4) If the board finds the charges proven and orders that discipline be imposed, it may also require the licensee to participate in a treatment program or course of training or education as a requirement for reinstatement as may be needed to correct any deficiency found in the hearing.
(5) When a complaint or an investigation discloses an instance of misconduct that, in the opinion of the board, warrants formal action, the complaint shall not be resolved by a deferred settlement, action, judgment, or prosecution.
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