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Access to records, facility, resident - R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 42-66.7-7

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During an investigation, the long-term care ombudsperson must: (1) make inquiries and obtain information as necessary; (2) “have access to facilities and residents; and (3) inspect facility “books, files, medical records” and other resident records.

As part of the ombudsperson’s ordinary duties, they may access facility residents to: (1) “visit, talk with, make personal, social, and other appropriate services available;” (2) “inform them of their rights and entitlements;” and (3) provide other forms of assistance, advice, and representation so they may fully enjoy their rights.

The long-term care ombudsperson, as a health oversight agency, must comply with state and federal confidentiality laws. (e.g. the Confidentiality of Health Care Communications and Information Act)


Current as of June 2015