THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1378

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO UNLICENSED CARE HOMES.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the department of health has conducted investigations on two hundred twenty-one alleged unlicensed care homes over the past forty-eight months and has closed eleven homes and assessed $2,489,800 in administrative penalties. Investigations on eighty-nine unlicensed homes are underway or pending. Meanwhile, unlicensed care homes continue to operate and pose a danger to the public and to frail, elderly, and vulnerable populations. Licensed care operators and other persons continue to refer or transfer patients to care homes that unbeknownst to patients are unlicensed. This practice places patients at risk and better enforcement on the sources of these referrals must be put in place.

The legislature further finds that at least twenty-one unlicensed care homes have used the landlord exclusion to avoid the department of health's regulatory oversight, further placing patients at risk. By repealing the landlord exclusion, the department of health will have the ability to conduct an investigation to determine if unlicensed activity is occurring.

Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to expand protections for vulnerable senior citizens, the public at large, and residents of care homes by ensuring compliance with licensure requirements by:

(1) Clarifying that any person, corporation, or entity is prohibited from negligently referring or transferring patients to an uncertified or unlicensed care facility; and

(2) Repealing the landlord exclusion.

SECTION 2. Section 321-487, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) It shall be unlawful for [a certified or licensed healthcare provider or certified or licensed care facility] any person, corporation, or entity to [knowingly] negligently refer or transfer patients to an uncertified or unlicensed care facility. The department may impose a fine on any [certified or licensed healthcare provider or certified or licensed care facility] person, corporation, or entity that [knowingly] negligently refers or transfers patients to a care home, agency, or facility operating without a certificate or license as required by law; provided that the fine shall be no more than:

(1) $500 for the first violation;

(2) $1,000 for the second violation; and

(3) $2,000 for the third and each succeeding violation."

SECTION 3. Section 321488, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["[321-488] Exclusion. For purposes of this chapter, a landlord, as defined in section 521-8, shall not be deemed to be providing home care services or to be operating a care facility requiring a license under this chapter solely due to a landlord permitting a tenant to receive care services from persons licensed to provide care services, if licensing is otherwise required by law, and the landlord does not require a tenant to use or pay for care services as a condition of the rental agreement. For the purposes of this section, an operator means an individual or entity that operates or manages a healthcare facility or similar facility that provides care services in that facility."]

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on June 30, 3000.



 

Report Title:

Care Homes; Uncertified Care Facilities; Unlicensed Care Facilities; Landlord Exclusion; Repeal

 

Description:

Specifies that any person, corporation, or entity is prohibited from negligently referring or transferring patients to an uncertified or unlicensed care facility. Repeals the landlord exclusion. Effective 6/30/3000. (HD1)

 

 

 

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