(a) The Department shall administer and enforce a Licensed Medication Aide Pilot Program. The program shall last for a period of 3 years, as determined by rule. During the 3-year pilot program, the Department shall license and regulate licensed
medication aides. As part of the pilot program, no more than 10 skilled nursing homes, which shall
be geographically located throughout the State, shall be authorized to employ licensed
medication aides, as approved by the Department. The Department may consult with the Department of Public Health as necessary to
properly administer and enforce this Article.
(b) To be approved as a qualified facility for the duration of the pilot program,
a facility must:
(1) be licensed in good standing as a skilled nursing facility by the Department of
(2) have an overall Five Star Quality Rating of 3, 4, or 5 from the most recent data
available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' website;
(3) certify that the employment of a licensed medication aide will not replace or
diminish the employment of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse at the facility;
(4) certify that a registered nurse will be on-duty and present in the facility to
delegate and supervise the medication administration by a licensed medication aide
at all times;
(5) certify that, with the exception of licensed health care professionals, only licensed
medication aides will be employed in the capacity of administering medication; and
(6) provide information regarding patient safety, efficiency, and errors as determined
by the Department; failure to submit any required report may be grounds for discipline
or sanctions under this Act, the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary
Act, or the Nursing Home Care Act.
The Department shall submit a report regarding patient safety, efficiency, and errors,
as determined by rule, to the General Assembly no later than 6 months after termination
of the pilot program.
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