2011 ORS § 441.624¹
Purpose

(1) ORS 124.050 (Definitions for ORS 124.050 to 124.095), 124.080 (Photographing of victim), 410.190 (Representation of corporation in contested case proceedings before department), 441.020 (Application) to 441.057 (Rules concerning complaints about care), 441.060 (Inspections), 441.061 (Delegation of health inspections to local governmental agencies), 441.067 (Inspection reports, complaint procedures and rules), 441.073 (Rules regarding staff ratio in long term care facilities), 441.087 (General inspection of long term care facility), 441.277 (Definitions for ORS 441.277 to 441.323) to 441.289 (Powers and duties of trustee), 441.303 (Establishment of Facility Fund), 441.316 (Termination of trust), 441.318 (Trustee accounting), 441.331 (Definition of facility for ORS 441.331 to 441.341) to 441.341 (Rules), 441.367 (Facility required to give notice of base rate and policy on nonpayment), 441.600 (Definitions for ORS 441.600 to 441.625), 441.610 (Nursing home patients bill of rights), 441.630 (Definitions for ORS 441.630 to 441.680 and 441.995), 441.650 (Investigation of abuse complaint) to 441.665 (Record of reports), 441.685 (Monitors), 441.690 (Complainant may accompany investigator), 441.703 (Complaint file) and 441.705 (Definitions for ORS 441.705 to 441.745) to 441.720 (Remittance or reduction of penalties) address the consolidation of the regulatory functions of licensing, certification, inspection of care, utilization review, abuse reporting and abuse investigation.

(2) It is legislative intent that:

(a) The Department of Human Services focus administrative effort on the integration and consistent application and interpretation of the regulatory functions at the nursing facility level;

(b) Surveys and other reports, especially with respect to client assessment, be consistently and reliably performed throughout the state;

(c) Positive and negative findings and sanctions be proportional to the strengths and problems identified, within the limits of federal statute and regulations; and

(d) The interpretation of regulatory criteria be independent of influence from budgetary limitations. [1987 c.428 §1a; 2001 c.900 §229; 2009 c.539 §12; 2009 c.792 §39]

Note: 441.624 (Purpose) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 441 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.