10a NCAC 26c .0303 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
(a) Upon learning of the death of a client currently receiving services, a facility shall file a report in accordance with G.S. 122C-31 and these Rules. A facility shall be deemed to have learned of a death when any facility staff obtains information that the death occurred.
(b) A written notice containing the information listed under Paragraph (d) of this Rule shall be made immediately for deaths occurring within seven days of physical restraint or seclusion of a client.
(c) A written notice containing the information under Paragraph (d) of this Rule shall be made within three days of any death resulting from violence, accident, suicide or homicide.
(d) Written notice may be submitted in person, telefascimile or electronic mail. If the reporting facility does not have the capacity or capability to submit a written notice immediately, the information contained in the notice can be reported by telephone following the same time requirements under Subparagraph (b) and (c) of this Rule until such time the written notice can be submitted. The notice shall include at least the following information:
(1) Reporting facility: name, address, county, license number (if applicable); Medicare/Medicaid provider number (if applicable); facility director and telephone number; name and title of person preparing report; first person to learn of death and first staff to receive report of death; facility telephone number; and date and time report prepared;
(2) Client information: name, client record number, unit/ward (if applicable); Medicare/Medicaid number (if applicable); date of birth, age, height, weight, sex, race, competency, admitting diagnoses, primary or secondary mental illness, developmental disability or substance abuse diagnoses, primary/secondary physical illness/conditions diagnosed prior to death, date(s) of last two medical examinations (if known), date of most recent admission to a state-operated psychiatric, developmental disability or substance abuse facility (if known); and date of most recent admission to an acute care hospital for physical illness (if known);
(3) Circumstances of death: place and address where decedent died; date and time death was discovered; physical location decedent was found, cause of death (if known), whether or not decedent was restrained at the time of death or within seven days of death and if so, a description of the type of restraint and its usage; whether or not decedent was in seclusion at the time of death or within seven days of death and if so, a description of the seclusion episode(s); and a description of the events surrounding the death; and
(4) Other information: list of other authorities such as law enforcement or the County Department of Social Services that have been notified, have investigated or are in the process of investigating the death or events related to the death.
(e) The facility shall submit a written report, using a form pursuant to G.S. 122C-31(f). The facility shall provide, fully and accurately, all information sought on the form. If the facility is unable to obtain any information sought on the form, or if any such information is not yet available, the facility shall so explain on the form.
(f) In addition, the facility shall:
(1) notify the division specified in Rule .0301 of this Section, immediately whenever it has reason to believe that information provided may be erroneous, misleading, or otherwise unreliable;
(2) submit to the division specified in Rule .0301 of this Section, immediately after it becomes available, any information required by this Rule that was previously unavailable; and
(3) provide, upon request by the division specified in Rule .0301 of this Section, other information the facility obtains regarding the death, including, but not limited to, death certificates, autopsy reports, and reports by other authorities.
(g) With regard to any client death under circumstances described in G.S. 130A-383, a facility shall notify law enforcement authorities so the medical examiner of the county in which the body is found can be notified. Documentation of such notification shall be maintained by the facility and be made available for review by the division specified in Rule .0301 of this Section, upon request.
(h) In deaths not under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner, the facility shall notify the decedent's next-of-kin, or other individual authorized according to G.S. 130A-398, that an autopsy may be requested as designated in G.S. 130A-389.
(i) If the circumstances surrounding any client death reveal reason to believe that one or more disabled adults at the facility may be abused, neglected or exploited and in need of protective services, the facility shall initiate the procedures outlined in G.S. 108A, Article 6.
(j) If the circumstances surrounding any client death reveal reason to believe that one or more juveniles at the facility may be abused, neglected or exploited and in need of protective services, the facility shall initiate the procedures outlined in G.S. 7B, Article 3.
History Note: Authority G.S. 122C-26; 122C-131;
Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2001;
Eff. August 1, 2002.