HEALTH AND SAFETY
IDAHO RESIDENTIAL CARE OR ASSISTED LIVING ACT
39-3355. Inspections. (1) The licensing agency shall cause to be made such inspections and investigations to determine compliance with this chapter and applicable rules.
(2) Inspections for such purposes will be made unannounced and without prior notice at the discretion of the department and at intervals determined by the licensing agency.
(3) An inspector shall have full access and authority to examine, among other things, quality of care and service delivery, a facility’s records, resident accounts, physical premises, including buildings, grounds and equipment, and any other areas necessary to determine compliance with this chapter and applicable rules.
(4) An inspector shall have authority to interview the licensee, administrator, staff and residents. Interviews with residents shall be confidential and conducted privately unless otherwise specified by the resident.
(5) The licensing agency shall notify the facility, in writing, of all deficiencies and shall approve a reasonable length of time for compliance by the facility.
(6) Current lists of deficiencies, including plans of correction, shall be available to the public upon request in the individual facilities or by written request to the department.
(7) The department shall accept an accreditation survey from an accreditation commission for a residential care or assisted living facility instead of regular compliance inspections conducted under the authority of this section if all of the following conditions are met:
(a) The accreditation commission’s standards meet or exceed the state requirements for licensure for residential care or assisted living facilities;
(b) The facility submits to the department a copy of its required accreditation reports to the accreditation commission in addition to the application and any other information required for renewal of a license;
(c) The inspection results are available for public inspection to the same extent that the results of an investigation or inspection conducted under this section are available for public inspection;
(d) The accreditation commission complies with the health insurance portability and accountability act and takes reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information concerning the residents of the facility; and
(e) If the facility’s accreditation report is not valid for the entire licensure period, the department may conduct a compliance inspection of the facility during the time period for which the department does not have a valid accreditation report.
(8) The department shall not conduct an onsite compliance inspection of the residential care or assisted living facility during the time the accreditation report is valid except for complaint surveys, reportable incidents, or in cases of emergencies. Accreditation does not limit the department in performing any power or duty under this chapter or inspection authorized under this section, including taking appropriate action relating to a residential care or assisted living facility, such as suspending or revoking a license, investigating an allegation of abuse, exploitation, or neglect or another complaint, or assessing an administrative penalty.
[39-3355, added 1990, ch. 116, sec. 2, p. 257; am. 1996, ch. 207, sec. 20, p. 643; am. 2000, ch. 274, sec. 41, p. 826; am. 2005, ch. 280, sec. 32, p. 898; am. 2019, ch. 159, sec. 2, p. 516.]