CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.
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ARTICLE 2C. HOME HEALTH SERVICES.
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For the purposes of this article:
"Home health services" shall mean and include, but not be
limited to, the following services furnished to an individual who
is under the care of a physician, such services to be provided on
a visiting basis in a place of residence used as the individual's
home: (1) Part-time or intermittent nursing care provided by or
under the supervision of a registered professional nurse; (2)
physical, occupational or speech therapy; (3) medical social
services under the direction of a physician; (4) part-time or
intermittent services of a home health aide.
"Department" shall mean the state department of health.
"Local boards" shall mean local health boards established
pursuant to the provisions of article two or two- a of this
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§16-2C-2. Department to provide services; charges for services;
authority to employ personnel; purchase of supplies
and equipment; assistance to nonprofit agencies.
The department shall provide home health services to those
persons living in areas of the state in which adequate home
health services are not available otherwise. For such services
the department shall, and is hereby authorized to, charge fees to
individuals to whom it renders such services or to any
governmental agency purchasing such services for individuals,
except for demonstration and public health program activities.
In order that it may effectively render home health
services, the department shall employ the necessary personnel
including nursing and supervisory personnel and shall have the
further authority to purchase equipment and materials necessary
to maintain an effective program of home health services.
The department shall, wherever possible, assist and advise
nonprofit agencies or associations in the development of a home
health services program to be carried out by such agencies or
associations and, for that purpose, may enter into agreements
with these agencies or associations specifying the type of
assistance and advice it will render them.
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§16-2C-3. Local boards' authority respecting home health
Local boards are hereby authorized to enter into written
agreements with the department for the purpose of rendering home
health services to persons within their respective counties and
municipalities. Such agreements shall provide for the
maintenance of standards established by the department for home
health services by the local boards and for such supervision by
the department as is deemed necessary to implement an effective
program of home health services on the part of the local boards.
Whenever any local board has entered into an agreement with
the department as is herein provided, it may render such home
health services as are authorized by this article and for that
purpose may charge fees and expend moneys to the same extent as
this article authorizes for the department. Any local board may
render such service anywhere within the area which it serves.
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§16-2C-4. Funds received for home health services.
The department and local boards are authorized to receive
moneys from any source for home health services. All such moneys
as the department and local boards may receive for this service
shall be used to carry out the provisions of this article.
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§16-2C-5. Collection of fees for home health services.
The department and local boards are authorized to maintain
legal action through the prosecuting attorneys of the several
counties for the collection of fees charged for home health
services which have been rendered to any person.