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Montana Title 39. Labor § 39-71-1107. Domiciliary care--requirements--evaluation

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(1) Reasonable domiciliary care must be provided by the insurer:

(a) from the date the insurer knows of the employee's need for home medical services that results from an industrial injury;

(b) when the preponderance of credible medical evidence demonstrates that nursing care is necessary as a result of the accident and describes with a reasonable degree of particularity the nature and extent of duties to be performed;

(c) when the services are performed under the direction of the treating physician who, following a nursing analysis, prescribes the care on a form provided by the department;

(d) when the services rendered are of the type beyond the scope of normal household duties;  and

(e) when subject to subsections (3) and (4), there is a means to determine with reasonable certainty the value of the services performed.

(2) When a worker suffers from a condition that requires domiciliary care, which results from the accident, and requires nursing care as provided for in Title 37, chapter 8, a licensed nurse shall provide the services.

(3) When a worker suffers from a condition that requires 24-hour care and that results from the accident but that requires domiciliary care other than as provided in Title 37, chapter 8, the care may be provided by a family member. The insurer's responsibility for reimbursement for the care is limited to no more than the daily statewide average medicaid reimbursement rate for the current fiscal year for care in a nursing home. The insurer is not responsible for respite care.

(4) Domiciliary care by a family member that is necessary for a period of less than 24 hours a day may not exceed the hourly mean wage by area for home health aides, as published by the department in the most recent edition of the Montana Informational Wage Rates by Occupation and adopted annually by the department prior to January 1. The insurer is not liable for more than 8 hours of care each day at the rate in effect at the time that the services are rendered.

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