Health & Safety Code Section 255.003
(a)The department shall establish regional offices with one or more quality-of-care monitors, based on the number of long-term care facilities in the region, to monitor the facilities in the region on a regular, aperiodic basis, including nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays. A monitoring visit conducted under this chapter may be announced or unannounced.
(b)Monitoring visits shall be given to long-term care facilities:
(1)with a history of patient care deficiencies; or
(2)that are identified as medium risk through the department’s early warning system.
(b-1)A long-term care facility may request a monitoring visit under this section.
(c)Quality-of-care monitors may not be deployed by the department as a part of the regional survey team in the conduct of routine, scheduled surveys.
(d)A quality-of-care monitor may not interfere with, impede, or otherwise adversely affect the performance of the duties of a surveyor, inspector, or investigator of the department.
(e)Quality-of-care monitors shall assess:
(1)the overall quality of life in the long-term care facility; and
(2)specific conditions in the facility directly related to patient care, including conditions identified through the long-term care facility’s quality measure reports based on Minimum Data Set Resident Assessments.
(f)The quality-of-care monitor shall include in a monitoring visit:
(1)observation of the care and services rendered to residents; and
(2)formal and informal interviews with residents, family members, facility staff, resident guests, volunteers, other regulatory staff, and representatives of a human rights advocacy committee.
(g)The identity of a resident or a family member of a resident interviewed by a quality-of-care monitor as provided by Subsection (f)(2) shall remain confidential and may not be disclosed to any person under any other provision of this section.
(h)The findings of a monitoring visit, both positive and negative, shall be provided orally and in writing to the long-term care facility administrator or, in the absence of the facility administrator, to the administrator on duty or the director of nursing.
(i)The quality-of-care monitor may recommend to the long-term care facility administrator procedural and policy changes and staff training to improve the care or quality of life of facility residents.
(i-1)The department shall schedule a follow-up visit not later than the 45th day after the date of an initial monitoring visit conducted under this section.
(j)Conditions observed by the quality-of-care monitor that create an immediate threat to the health or safety of a resident shall be reported immediately to the long-term care facility administrator, to the regional office supervisor for appropriate action, and, as appropriate or as required by law, to law enforcement, adult protective services, other divisions of the department, or other responsible agencies.
Section 255.003 — Quality-of-care Monitors,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.255.htm#255.003 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).