10A NCAC 13F .0703       tuberculosis test, medical examination and IMMUNIZATIONS

(a)  Upon admission to an adult care home each resident shall be tested for tuberculosis disease in compliance with the control measures adopted by the Commission for Public Health as specified in 10A NCAC 41A .0205 including subsequent amendments and editions.

(b)  Each resident shall have a medical examination completed by a licensed physician or physician extender prior to admission to the facility and annually thereafter. For the purposes of this Rule, "physician extender" means a licensed physician assistant or licensed nurse practitioner. The medical examination completed prior to admission shall be used by the facility to determine if the facility can meet the needs of the resident.

(c)  The medical examination shall be completed no more than 90 days prior to the resident's admission to the facility, except in the case of emergency admission.

(d)  In the case of an unplanned, emergency admission, the medical examination of the resident shall be conducted within 72 hours after admission. Prior to an emergency admission, the facility shall obtain current medication and treatment orders from a licensed physician or physician extender.

(e)  The result of the medical examination required in Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall be documented on the North Carolina Medicaid Adult Care Home FL-2 form which is available at no cost on the Department's Medicaid website at https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/media/6549/open. The Adult Care Home FL-2 shall be signed and dated by the physician or physician extender completing the medical examination. The medical examination shall include the following:

(1)           resident's identification information, including the resident's name, date of birth, sex, admission date, county and Medicaid number, current facility and address, physician's name and address, a relative's name and address, current level of care, and recommended level of care;

(2)           resident's admitting diagnoses, including primary and secondary diagnoses and dates of onset;

(3)           resident's current medical information, including orientation, behaviors, personal care assistance needs, frequency of physician visits, ambulatory status, functional limitations, information related to activities and social needs, neurological status, bowel and bladder functioning status, manner of communication of needs, skin condition, respiratory status, and nutritional status including orders for therapeutic diets;

(4)           special care factors, including physician orders for blood pressure, diabetic urine testing, physical therapy, range of motion exercises, a bowel and bladder program, a restorative feeding program, speech therapy, and restraints;

(5)           resident's medications, including the name, strength, dosage, frequency and route of administration of each medication;

(6)           results of x-rays or laboratory tests determined by the physician or physician extender to be necessary information related to the resident's care needs; and

(7)           additional information as determined by the physician or physician extender to be necessary for the care of the resident.

(f)  If the information on the Adult Care Home FL-2 is not clear or is insufficient, or information provided to the facility related to the resident's condition or medications after the completion of the medical examination conflicts with the information provided on the Adult Care Home FL-2, the facility shall contact the physician or physician extender for clarification in order to determine if the facility can meet the individual's needs.

(g)  The results of the medical examination shall be maintained in the resident's record in accordance with Rule .1201 of this Subchapter. Discharge medication orders shall be clarified in accordance with Rule .1002(a) of this Subchapter.

(h)  Upon a resident's return to the facility from a hospitalization, the facility shall obtain and review the hospital discharge summary or discharge instructions, including any discharge medication orders. If the facility identifies discrepancies between the discharge orders and current orders at the facility, the facility shall clarify the discrepancies with the resident's physician or physician extender.

(i)  Each resident shall be immunized against pneumococcal disease and annually against influenza virus according to G.S. 131D-9, except as otherwise indicated in law.

(j)  The facility shall make arrangements for a resident to be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional, licensed physician or licensed physician extender for follow-up psychiatric care within 30 days of admission or re-admission to the facility when the resident:

(1)           has been an inpatient of a psychiatric facility within 12 months prior to admission to the facility and does not have a current plan for follow-up psychiatric care; or

(2)           has been hospitalized due to threatening or violent behavior, suicidal ideation or self-harm, or other psychiatric symptoms that required hospitalization within 12 months prior to admission to the facility and does not have a current plan for follow-up psychiatric care.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2.16; 143B-165;

Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. June 1, 2004;

Readopted Eff. June 1, 2024.