2005 Legislative Compendium: Long-Term Care

 Adult Immunizations in Long-Term Care Facilities  |  Safe Patient Handling in Long-Term Care Facilities   | Other Long-Term Care Legislation  

Adult Immunizations in Long-Term Care Facilities

SB 1330 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville) and Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) requires hospitals and long-term care facilities to inform elderly persons that pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are available. The bill also requires education of patients on how to access vaccinations.

Safe Patient Handling in Long-Term Care Facilities

SB 1525 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and Rep. Dianne Delisi (R-Temple) requires safe patient handling and movement practices of nurses in hospitals and nursing homes. Gives authority to the facility to appoint a safe patient handling and movement practices committee to identify, assess, and develop strategies to control risk of injury to patients and nurses associated with lifting, transferring, repositioning, or moving a patient.

Other Long-Term Care Legislation

HB 1503 by Rep. John Davis (R-Houston) and Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) requires inspectors, at the conclusion of an inspection, survey, or investigation, to discuss violations with the facility's management in an exit conference. The bill stipulates that the exit conference must be held in person, not over the telephone, by e-mail, or by fax.  

SB 52 by Senator Nelson and Rep. Suzanna Hupp (R-Kempner) allows money from administrative penalties collected from nursing home facilities to be used for competitive grants for nursing homes to promulgate quality-of-life innovations. 

SB 874 Senator Nelson and Representative Hupp sets up long-term care monitoring districts and allows for long-term care facility monitoring visits to be conducted whether announced or unannounced.

Long-Term Care TMA Staff Contacts:  

  • Hilary Dennis, Legislative Affairs, (512) 370-1359
  • Michael Reed, Health Care Delivery, (512) 370-1409
  • Donna Kinney, Regulatory Analysis and Advocacy, (512) 370-1422
  • C.J. Francisco, JD, Office of the General Counsel, (512) 370-1339 

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