PRINTER'S NO. 1152
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
842
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY PHILLIPS-HILL, COLLETT, MARTIN, KILLION, J. WARD,
MENSCH, BARTOLOTTA, ARGALL, MASTRIANO AND REGAN,
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
REFERRED TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of July 19, 1979 (P.L.130, No.48), entitled "An
act relating to health care; prescribing the powers and
duties of the Department of Health; establishing and
providing the powers and duties of the State Health
Coordinating Council, health systems agencies and Health Care
Policy Board in the Department of Health, and State Health
Facility Hearing Board in the Department of Justice;
providing for certification of need of health care providers
and prescribing penalties," in licensing of health care
facilities, further providing for photo identification tag
regulations.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 809.2(a)(1) and (c) of the act of July
19, 1979 (P.L.130, No.48), known as the Health Care Facilities
Act, are amended and subsection (a) is amended by adding a
paragraph to read:
Section 809.2. Photo identification tag regulations.
(a) Regulations.--Except as provided under subsection (c),
the department shall promulgate regulations under subsection (b)
to require employees to wear a photo identification tag when the
employee is working. The following shall apply:
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(1) The photo identification tag shall include a recent
photograph of the employee, the employee's first name, the
employee's title and the name of the health care facility or
employment agency.
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(4) A notation, marker or indicator included on an
identification badge that differentiates employees with the
same first name is considered acceptable in lieu of
displaying an employee's last name.
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(c) [Exceptions] Exception.--Notwithstanding subsection (a),
[the following shall apply:
(1) An] an employee shall not be required to wear an
identification badge while delivering direct care to a
consumer if not clinically feasible.
[(2) The last name of the employee may be omitted or
concealed when delivering direct care to a consumer who
exhibits symptoms of irrationality or violence.]
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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