The State Board of Health will meet tomorrow, Nov. 16, to consider the second set of emergency rules for the section of Chapter 4 pertaining to hospitals. The proposed rules reflect House Bill 22-1401, which seeks to ensure hospitals are prepared for a public health emergency or staffing shortage through a robust nurse staffing committee and plan, comprehensive emergency management, and reporting on staffed-bed capacity data to CDPHE.
The proposed emergency rules are nearly identical to those adopted in August and include:
- A definition for staffed-bed capacity for the purposes of this emergency rule request.
- Requirements for hospitals to:
- Establish a robust nurse staffing committee that is required to create, implement, and evaluate a nurse staffing plan and to receive, track, and resolve complaints and receive feedback from direct-care nurses and other staff;
- Submit its nurse staffing plan to CDPHE on an annual basis;
- Evaluate its nurse staffing plan on a quarterly basis and, based on complaints and recommendations of patients and staff, revise the nurse staffing plan accordingly;
- Prepare a quarterly report containing the details of the evaluation;
- Update its emergency management plans annually and as often as necessary, as circumstances warrant, and include specific provisions to maximize staffed-bed capacity and appropriate utilization of hospital beds to the extent necessary for a public health emergency;
- Report to CDPHE the hospital’s current staffed-bed capacity, in a form and manner determined by CDPHE;
- Notify CDPHE if the hospital’s ability to meet staffed-bed capacity falls below 80 percent of the required baseline in a specified period and submit a plan to staff the hospital at 80 percent or above of its staffed-bed capacity within 30 days; and
- Assign direct-care providers only to a nursing unit or clinical area of a hospital that the provider is properly trained in.
- Added language to clarify that this requirement applies only to hospitals with more than 25 beds.
Individuals who wish to provide testimony can sign up to do so here; there is a three-minute time limit for each testimony. Written testimony can be submitted in advance of the meeting to [email protected].
Additional information on this meeting may be found on the Board of Health website.