Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-17-.02 - Definitions

(1) Home Health Agency. Home Health Agency (HHA) means a public, non-profit, or proprietary organization which is licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) to engage in providing home health services to individuals who are under a written plan of care of a physician, on a visiting basis in the places of residence used as such individuals' homes' part-time or intermittent nursing care provided by or under the supervision of a registered professional nurse;
(2) Home Health Services. Home Health Services (HHS) means those items and services furnished to an individual according to a written plan of treatment signed by the patient's physician, by a home health agency on a visit or hourly basis, in place of temporary or permanent residence used as the individual's home;
(3) Hospital. Hospital means an institution which is primarily engaged in providing to inpatients and outpatients, by or under the supervision of physicians, diagnostic services and therapeutic services for medical diagnosis, treatment, and care of injured, disabled, or sick persons or rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons. Such term includes public, private, psychiatric, rehabilitative, geriatric, osteopathic, and other specialty hospitals.
(4) Issuing Pharmacy. Issuing Pharmacy means a pharmacy licensed as a retail pharmacy by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy and which is authorized by this chapter to issue Sterile Drug Intravenous (IV) Maintenance Kits (SDM Kits) for use in a home health setting by registered professional nurses employed or contracted by a licensed home health agency.
(5) Registered Professional Nurse. Registered Professional Nurse (RN) means a person who is authorized by a license issued under O.C.G.A. 43-26 to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse and is authorized to use the abbreviation "RN".
(6) Sterile Drug Intravenous Maintenance Kits. Sterile Drug Intravenous (IV) Maintenance Kits (SDM Kits) are sealed containers whose contents are strictly limited to the drugs sterile saline, sterile water, and diluted heparin, and which can only be distributed by an Issuing Pharmacy to professional registered nurses employed or contracted by a home health care agency.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-17-.02
O.C.G.A. Secs. 16-13-72(4.2), 26-4-27.
Original Rule entitled "Definitions" adopted. F. Feb. 20, 2002; eff. Mar. 12, 2002.

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