Q&A: Where in the SOM does it state that allegations of abuse must be reported to the state within two hours or less?

By Amy Stewart, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT - September 05, 2017

Question: At a recent call on the Phase 2 Requirements of Participation, we were told that allegations of abuse must be reported to the state within two hours or less. I have been unable to find this in the State Operations Manual dated 3/8/17. Can someone provide some direction on this?

Answer: Here is the information on page 91 of the current SOM Appendix PP under F225:

In response to allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or mistreatment, the facility must:

483.12(c)(1) Ensure that all alleged violations involving abuse, neglect, exploitation or mistreatment, including injuries of unknown source and misappropriation of resident property, are reported immediately, but not later than 2 hours after the allegation is made, if the events that cause the allegation involve abuse or result in serious bodily injury, or not later than 24 hours if the events that cause the allegation do not involve abuse and do not result in serious bodily injury, to the administrator of the facility and to other officials (including to the State Survey Agency and adult protective services where state law provides for jurisdiction in long-term care facilities) in accordance with State law through established procedures.

I hope this is helpful.

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Amy Stewart, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT

Curriculum Development Specialist


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