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Rule 44:67 ABORTION FACILITIES

ARTICLE 44:67

ABORTION FACILITIES

Chapter

44:67:01             Rules of general applicability.

44:67:02             Physical environment and fire safety.

44:67:03             Management and administration.

44:67:04             Facility and related care services.

44:67:05             Construction standards.


Rule 44:67:01 RULES OF GENERAL APPLICABILITY

CHAPTER 44:67:01

 

RULES OF GENERAL APPLICABILITY

Section

44:67:01:01        Definitions.

44:67:01:02        Application for license.

44:67:01:03        Expiration of licenses -- Annual renewal.

44:67:01:04        Departmental inspections.

44:67:01:05        Grounds for suspension or revocation of license.

44:67:01:06        Procedure for suspension or revocation of license.

44:67:01:07        New license issued after suspension or revocation.

44:67:01:08        Posting of license.

44:67:01:09        Annual license fee.

44:67:01:10        Appeal from department.


Rule 44:67:01:01 Definitions.

          44:67:01:01.  Definitions. Terms defined in SDCL 34-23A-1 have the same meaning in this article.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:02 Application of license.

          44:67:01:02.  Application for license. Any applicant desiring a license or a license renewal shall file with the department an application verified under oath and in a form prescribed by the department. The application shall contain the following:

 

          (1)  The name and address of the applicant and operator;

          (2)  If a firm or corporation, the names and addresses of the principal officers; or if a corporate body, the name of the state under whose laws the corporation is organized;

          (3)  A description of the abortion facility to include the address and whether the facility is owned, leased, or subleased. A true copy of the lease or sublease shall be attached to the application;

          (4)  A certification of consent to allow inspections of the abortion facility by authorized department inspectors upon presentation of identification during the hours of operation;

          (5)  Satisfactory evidence of the applicant's ability to comply with the minimum standards of this chapter; and

          (6)  Any other information which the secretary of the department considers necessary.

 

          The department shall issue a license to the applicant if it is satisfied that the facts set forth in the application are true and complete and in accordance with the provisions in SDCL chapter 34-23A and this chapter. The department may refuse to issue a license upon any of the grounds stated in this chapter. Upon denial, the department shall advise the applicant of the reasons for denial. The applicant may contest the denial pursuant to SDCL chapter 1-26.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-48, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:03 Expiration of licenses -- Annual renewal.

          44:67:01:03.  Expiration of licenses -- Annual renewal. Any license issued under SDCL chapter 34-23A expires on the next succeeding June thirtieth, unless otherwise provided by this chapter, and shall be renewed annually subject to the provisions of this chapter.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:04 Departmental inspections.

          44:67:01:04.  Departmental inspections. The department shall, at least annually, make one inspection of each abortion facility licensed under SDCL chapter 34-23A and this chapter to ascertain that the abortion facility is in compliance with the provisions of SDCL chapter 34-23A and this chapter. The inspection shall take place during business hours and shall be conducted by authorized representatives of the department after presentation of identification. If, prior to an inspection, the operator refuses to allow the inspection, no inspection shall be made. If, during the course of the inspection, the operator refuses to allow the inspection to continue, the inspection shall cease. In such cases, the department may immediately initiate revocation proceedings pursuant to SDCL chapter 1-26 against the licensee.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-49, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:05 Grounds for suspension or revocation of license.

          44:67:01:05.  Grounds for suspension or revocation of license. The department may suspend or revoke a license issued under SDCL chapter 34-23A and this chapter on any of the following grounds:

 

          (1)  Violation of any of the provisions of SDCL chapter 34-23A or this chapter;

          (2)  Permitting, aiding, or abetting the commission of any unlawful act in the facility;

          (3)  Conduct of practices detrimental to the welfare of the patient; and

          (4)  Failure to allow department inspections, including complaint inspections and necessary follow-up inspections.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-48, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:06 Procedure for suspension or revocation of license.

          44:67:01:06.  Procedure for suspension or revocation of license. No license shall be suspended or revoked except in compliance with SDCL chapter 1-26.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-48, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:07 New license issued after suspension or revocation.

          44:67:01:07.  New license issued after suspension or revocation. If a license is suspended or revoked as provided in this chapter, a new application for license may be considered by the department if the conditions upon which suspension or revocation was based have been corrected and evidence of this fact has been satisfactorily submitted to the department. A new license may then be granted after proper inspection has been made and all provisions of SDCL chapter 34-23A and this article have been complied with.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-48, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:08 Posting of license.

          44:67:01:08.  Posting of license. The most current license issued by the department must be posted on the premises of the abortion facility in a place conspicuous to the public. Each abortion facility address shall show a current license. The license certificate remains the property of the department.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-46, 34-23A-48, 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:01:09 Annual license fee.

          44:67:01:09.  Annual license fee. The annual license fee for an abortion facility is $500.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006; 35 SDR 305, effective July 1, 2009.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-48.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-48.

 


Rule 44:67:01:10 Appeal from department.

          44:67:01:10.  Appeal from department. Any person aggrieved by any decision or ruling of the department may appeal under the provisions of SDCL chapter 1-26.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51.

 


Rule 44:67:02 PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND FIRE SAFETY

CHAPTER 44:67:02

 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND FIRE SAFETY

Section

44:67:02:01        Physical environment.

44:67:02:02        Fire standards and general fire safety.


Rule 44:67:02:01 Physical environment.

          44:67:02:01.  Physical environment. Each abortion facility shall comply with all applicable physical environment standards in chapter 44:04:02. No system of water supply, plumbing, sewage, and garbage or refuse disposal for abortion facilities may be installed nor may any existing system be materially altered or extended until complete plans and specifications for the installation, alteration, or extension, together with information as the department may require, have been submitted to and approved by the department.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(1),(3),(6),(9).

 


Rule 44:67:02:02 Fire standards and general fire safety.

          44:67:02:02.  Fire standards and general fire safety. Each abortion facility shall meet applicable fire safety standards in NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2000 edition.

 

          Each abortion facility shall be constructed, arranged, equipped, maintained, and operated to avoid undue danger to the lives and safety of its occupants from fire, smoke, fumes, or resulting panic during the period of time reasonably necessary for escape from the structure in case of fire or other emergency. Compliance with this section does not eliminate or reduce the necessity for other provisions for safety of persons using the structure under normal occupancy conditions.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(1).

 

          Reference: NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2000 edition, National Fire Protection Association. Copies may be obtained from the National Fire Protection Association, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101. Phone: 1-800-344-3555. Cost: $69.50.

 


Rule 44:67:03 MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 44:67:03

 

MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Section

44:67:03:01        Governing body.

44:67:03:02        Administrator.

44:67:03:03        Medical director.

44:67:03:04        Facility staff.

44:67:03:05        Personnel.


Rule 44:67:03:01 Governing body.

          44:67:03:01.  Governing body. Each abortion facility operated by limited liability partnership, a corporation, or political subdivision must have an organized governing body legally responsible for the overall conduct of the facility. If the abortion facility is operated by an individual or partnership, the individual or partnership shall carry out the functions in this article pertaining to the governing body. The governing body shall establish and maintain administration policies, procedures, or bylaws governing the operation of the abortion facility. The governing body shall review and approve the credentials of physicians permitted to perform abortion procedures. There shall be a system established to reevaluate credentials on a periodic basis.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(2).

 


Rule 44:67:03:02 Administrator.

          44:67:03:02.  Administrator. The governing body shall designate a qualified administrator to represent the owner or governing body and to be responsible for the daily overall management of the abortion facility. The administrator shall designate a qualified person to represent the administrator during the administrator's absence. The governing body shall notify the department in writing of any change of administrator.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(2).

 


Rule 44:67:03:03 Medical director.

          44:67:03:03.  Medical director. Each abortion facility shall appoint a physician licensed in South Dakota to serve as a medical director. The medical director shall assure physician services are provided only by qualified caregivers.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(2).

 


Rule 44:67:03:04 Facility staff.

          44:67:03:04.  Facility staff. An abortion facility shall have a medical staff responsible for the quality of all medical care provided patients and for the ethical and professional practices of its members. The medical staff shall include physicians, but it may also include other practitioners.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(2).

 


Rule 44:67:03:05 Personnel.

          44:67:03:05.  Personnel. The abortion facility shall have a sufficient number of qualified personnel to provide effective and safe care. Supervisors shall be 18 years of age or older. Written job descriptions and personnel policies and procedures shall be made available to personnel of all departments and services. The abortion facility may not knowingly employ any person with a conviction for abusing another person. The abortion facility shall establish and follow policies regarding special duty or staff members on contract.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(2).

 


Rule 44:67:04 FACILITY AND RELATED CARE SERVICES

CHAPTER 44:67:04

 

FACILITY AND RELATED CARE SERVICES

Section

44:67:04:01        Nursing services.

44:67:04:02        Employee health program.

44:67:04:03        Tuberculin screening requirements.

44:67:04:04        Personnel training.

44:67:04:05        Clinic policies and procedures.

44:67:04:06        Discharge planning.

44:67:04:07        Emergency care.

44:67:04:08        Medical records.

44:67:04:09        Pharmaceutical services.

44:67:04:10        Quality assessment.

44:67:04:11        Laboratory services.


Rule 44:67:04:01 Nursing services.

          44:67:04:01.  Nursing services. Each abortion facility shall have an organized nursing service under the direction of a registered nurse. At least one registered nurse shall be on duty in the abortion facility at all times when an abortion procedure patient is in the facility. Written policies and procedures consistent with the standards of nursing practices shall be developed for the direction and guidance of nursing personnel. All licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel involved in patient care shall be under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(2).

 


Rule 44:67:04:02 Employee health program.

          44:67:04:02.  Employee health program. The abortion facility shall have an employee health program for the protection of the patients. All personnel shall be evaluated by a licensed health professional for freedom from reportable communicable disease which poses a threat to others before assignment to duties or within 14 days after employment including an assessment of previous vaccinations and tuberculin skin tests. The facility may not allow anyone with a communicable disease, during the period of communicability, to work in a capacity that would allow spread of the disease. Personnel absent from duty because of a reportable communicable disease which may endanger the health of patients and fellow employees may not return to duty until they are determined by a physician or the physician's designee to no longer have the disease in a communicable stage.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(6).

 

          Cross-Reference: Definition of terms, § 44:20:01:01(7) and (39).

 


Rule 44:67:04:03 Tuberculin screening requirements.

          44:67:04:03.  Tuberculin screening requirements. Each abortion facility shall comply with the provisions of § 44:04:04:08.01.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(6).

 


Rule 44:67:04:04 Personnel training.

          44:67:04:04.  Personnel training. The abortion facility shall have a formal orientation program and an ongoing education program for all personnel. Ongoing education programs shall cover the required subjects annually. These programs shall include the following subjects:

 

          (1)  Fire prevention and response;

          (2)  Emergency procedures and preparedness;

          (3)  Infection control and prevention;

          (4)  Accident prevention and safety procedures;

          (5)  Patient rights;

          (6)  Confidentiality of patient information;

          (7)  Incidents and diseases subject to mandatory reporting and the facility's reporting mechanisms;

          (8)  Care of patients with unique needs; and

          (9)  Clinic policies and procedures.

 

          Personnel whom the abortion facility determines will have no contact with patients are exempt from training required by subdivisions (5) and (8) of this section.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(1),(2),(6),(8),(9),(11).

 


Rule 44:67:04:05 Clinic policies and procedures.

          44:67:04:05.  Clinic policies and procedures. Each abortion facility shall establish and maintain policies, procedures, and practices to govern care, and related medical or other services necessary to meet the patient's needs. The nursing service of an abortion clinic shall provide safe and effective care through the ongoing assessment and monitoring for each patient, including medical, physical, mental, and emotional needs. The abortion facility shall establish and implement procedures for assessment and management of symptoms including pain.

 

          Policies and procedures must include:

 

          (1)  Patient eligibility criteria;

          (2)  Physician competency criteria;

          (3)  Patient education and informed consent;

          (4)  Clinic operational functions;

          (5)  Patient care, including criteria for monitoring and assessment during recovery; care during the recovery phase; and criteria for discharge;

          (6)  Patient rights policies; and

          (7)  Emergency and disaster plans.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(3),(10),(11).

 


Rule 44:67:04:06 Discharge planning.

          44:67:04:06.  Discharge planning. Each abortion facility shall have policies and procedures for discharge planning including the person responsible, members of the discharge planning team, a list of area agencies and resources, and a description of the process. Patients shall be offered assistance to obtain needed services upon discharge.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(10).

 


Rule 44:67:04:07 Emergency care.

          44:67:04:07.  Emergency care. Each abortion facility shall establish and implement policies and procedures for emergency care and arrange for transport to a licensed hospital sufficiently close to provide prompt care to the facility's patients if needed. The policies and procedures must provide for an interchange of medical and other information necessary or useful in the care and treatment of individuals transferred between the facilities.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(3).

 


Rule 44:67:04:08 Medical records.

          44:67:04:08.  Medical records. A medical record shall be maintained for each abortion procedure in an abortion facility in conformance with chapter 44:04:09.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(4).

 


Rule 44:67:04:09 Pharmaceutical services.

          44:67:04:09.  Pharmaceutical services. The requirements for pharmaceutical services in abortion facilities centers are as follows:

 

          (1)  A physician or a pharmacist shall be responsible for the supervision of drug stocks in the facility;

 

          (2)  Records shall be kept of stock supplies of all drugs and shall give an accounting for all items purchased and dispensed;

 

          (3)  Policies and procedures on drug handling, storing, labeling, and dispensing shall be in writing and available to personnel; and

 

          (4)  All drugs in the facility shall be labeled with drug name, strength, and expiration date and shall be stored in specially designated, well illuminated cabinets, closets, or storerooms. Drug cabinets shall be accessible only to the nurse in charge, the physician, or the pharmacist. All drugs controlled pursuant to SDCL chapter 34-20B shall be kept in a securely locked box, accessible only to the nurse in charge, physician, or the pharmacist.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(7).

 


Rule 44:67:04:10 Quality assessment.

          44:67:04:10.  Quality assessment. Each abortion facility shall provide for on-going evaluation of the quality of services provided to patients. Components of the quality assessment evaluation shall include establishment of facility standards; interdisciplinary review of patient services to identify deviations from the standards and actions taken to correct deviations; patient satisfaction surveys; utilization of services provided; and documentation of the evaluation and report to the governing body.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(8),(10).

 


Rule 44:67:04:11 Laboratory services.

          44:67:04:11.  Laboratory services. Clinical laboratory tests consistent with the needs of the patients shall be provided or performed by arrangement. The laboratory shall hold a valid Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certificate and comply with CLIA regulations if testing is done onsite. Laboratory tests required on each patient shall be determined by the medical staff and bylaws. The original laboratory report shall be made a part of the patient's medical records. Fire and safety precautions shall be enforced to protect against physical, chemical, and biological hazards peculiar to the laboratory.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(9).

 

          Note: CLIA applications are obtained from the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Licensure and Certification, 615 East 4th Street, Pierre, SD 57501. Telephone: (605) 773-3356 or www.hhs/cms/clia.

 


Rule 44:67:05 CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS

CHAPTER 44:67:05

 

CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS

Section

44:67:05:01        Submittal of plans.

44:67:05:02        Procedure rooms and services.

44:67:05:03        Recovery rooms and services.


Rule 44:67:05:01 Submittal of plans.

          44:67:05:01.  Submittal of plans. No construction may begin until plans and specifications covering the construction of new buildings and additions or material alterations to existing buildings are approved by the department. A written narrative describing the intended use of the proposed construction must accompany the plans and specifications.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(1),(3),(5),(9).

 


Rule 44:67:05:02 Procedure rooms and services.

          44:67:05:02.  Procedure rooms and services. Each abortion facility shall be designed and equipped for the types of abortion procedures to be performed.

 

          Procedure rooms shall meet the following requirements:

 

          (1)  A minimum area of 115 square feet (10.8 square meters);

          (2)  Equipped with a vinyl floor surface;

          (3)  A work station and handwashing sink. Handwashing facilities must be equipped with hands-free controls and have a water supply spout mounted so that the discharge is a minimum five inches above the rim of the fixture;

          (4)  Adequate lighting with protective covers to prevent lamps from shattering; and

          (5)  Battery operated emergency lighting.

 

          Procedure services shall include:

 

          (1)  Provisions for immediate post-procedure care; and

          (2)  Emergency drugs and supplies specified by the medical staff.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(5).

 


Rule 44:67:05:03 Recovery rooms and services.

          44:67:05:03.  Recovery rooms and services. Each abortion facility shall be designed and equipped for the types of abortion procedures to be performed.

 

          Recovery rooms shall meet the following requirements:

 

          (1)  A minimum area of 45 square feet in each recovery station;

          (2)  Privacy curtains surrounding each recovery station;

          (3)  A work station and handwashing sink. Handwashing facilities shall be equipped with hand-free controls and have a water supply spout mounted so that the discharge is a minimum of five inches above the rim of the fixture;

          (4)  Adequate lighting with protective covers to prevent lamps from shattering;

          (5)  An emergency call system to summon staff; and

          (6)  Battery operated emergency lighting.

 

          Recovery services shall include:

 

          (1)  Provisions for immediate post-procedure care; and

          (2)  Emergency drugs and supplies specified by the medical staff.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 107, effective December 26, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-23A-51.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-23A-51(5).

 


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