Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-08-34-.01 - DEFINITIONS

(1) Abuse. The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish.
(2) Administrator. A person who establishes policies and procedures and is responsible for the activities of the agency and its staff. This person may be a physician, registered nurse, therapist, or a person with at least one (1) year experience in a health or disability related field. The administrator of a home care organization may serve as both a home health agency and professional support service agency administrator if both agencies are owned by the same corporation or legal entity.
(3) Adult. An individual who has capacity and is at least 18 years of age.
(4) Advance Directive. An individual instruction or a written statement relating to the subsequent provision of health care for the individual, including, but not limited to, a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care.
(5) Agency. A home care organization providing professional support services.
(6) Agent. An individual designated in an advance directive for health care to make a health care decision for the individual granting the power.
(7) Board. The Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities.
(8) Capacity. An individual's ability to understand the significant benefits, risks, and alternatives to proposed health care and to make and communicate a health care decision. These regulations do not affect the right of a consumer to make health care decisions while having the capacity to do so. A consumer shall be presumed to have capacity to make a health care decision, to give or revoke an advance directive, and to designate or disqualify a surrogate. Any person who challenges the capacity of a consumer shall have the burden of proving lack of capacity.
(9) Clinical Fellow. A Speech Language Pathologist who is in the process of obtaining his or her paid professional experience, as defined by a Communications Disorders and Sciences Board-approved accreditation agency, before being qualified for licensure.
(10) Clinical Note. A written and dated notation containing a consumer assessment, responses to medications, treatments, services, any changes in condition and signed by a health team member who made contact with the consumer.
(11) Commissioner. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health or his or her authorized representative.
(12) Competent. A consumer who has capacity.
(13) Comprehensive Nursing assessment. An assessment conducted by a registered nurse which consists of four parts: completion of a Physical Status Review (PSR); consumer and family history; identification of health concerns, functional abilities, activities of daily living; and, completion of a head to toe physical assessment.
(14) Consumer. Any person with a primary diagnosis of mental retardation or developmental disability served through the Division of Mental Retardation Services or the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in need of nursing, occupational, physical or speech therapy through a professional support service agency.
(15) Department. The Tennessee Department of Health.
(16) Designated Physician. A physician designated by an individual or the individual's agent, guardian, or surrogate, to have primary responsibility for the individual's health care or, in the absence of a designation or if the designated physician is not reasonably available, a physician who undertakes such responsibility.
(17) Do-Not-Resuscitate Order (DNR). A written order, other than a POST, not to resuscitate a patient in cardiac or respiratory arrest in accordance with accepted medical practices.
(18) Emancipated Minor. Any minor who is or has been married or has by court order or otherwise been freed from the care, custody and control of the minor's parents.
(19) Emergency Responder. A paid or volunteer firefighter, law enforcement officer, or other public safety official or volunteer acting within the scope of his or her proper function under law or rendering emergency care at the scene of an emergency.
(20) Guardian. A judicially appointed guardian or conservator having authority to make a health care decision for an individual.
(21) Hazardous Waste. Materials whose handling, use, storage and disposal are governed by local, state or federal regulations.
(22) Health Care. Any care, treatment, service or procedure to maintain, diagnose, treat, or otherwise affect an individual's physical or mental condition, and includes medical care as defined in T.C.A. § 32-11-103(5).
(23) Health Care Decision. Consent, refusal of consent or withdrawal of consent to health care.
(24) Health Care Decision-maker. In the case of a consumer who lacks capacity, the consumer's health care decision-maker is one of the following: the consumer's health care agent as specified in an advance directive, the consumer's court-appointed guardian or conservator with health care decision-making authority, the consumer's surrogate as determined pursuant to Rule 1200-08-34-.13 or T.C.A. § 33-3-220, the designated physician pursuant to these Rules or in the case of a minor child, the person having custody or legal guardianship.
(25) Health Care Institution. A health care institution as defined in T.C.A. § 68-11-1602.
(26) Health Care Provider. A person who is licensed, certified or otherwise authorized or permitted by the laws of this state to administer health care in the ordinary course of business or practice of a profession.
(27) Individual instruction. An individual's direction concerning a health care decision for the individual.
(28) Individual Support Plan (ISP). The document resulting from a process of person-centered planning. The ISP describes in detail the person, including his/her vision for his/her future, preferences, non-negotiables, and other information required to support the person in daily life. The ISP contains outcomes to be achieved with the assistance of the person's Circle of Support that relate to the person's vision for the future. The ISP is written upon a person's enrollment in Department of Mental Retardation Services and updated thereafter as changes occur in the individual's life, or at least annually.
(29) Infectious Waste. Solid or liquid wastes which contain pathogens with sufficient virulence and quantity such that exposure to the waste by a susceptible host could result in an infectious disease.
(30) Licensed Practical Nurse. A person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
(31) Licensee. The person or entity to whom the license is issued. The licensee is held responsible for compliance with all rules and regulations.
(32) Life Threatening or Serious Injury. Injury requiring the consumer to undergo significant additional diagnostic or treatment measures.
(33) Medical Record. Medical histories, records, reports, clinical notes, summaries, diagnoses, prognoses, records of treatment and medication ordered and given, entries and other written electronic, or graphic data prepared, kept, made or maintained in an agency that pertains to confinement or services rendered to consumers. The medical record shall meet the standards established in the contractual agreement between the state agency financially responsible for services to individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
(34) Medically Inappropriate Treatment. Resuscitation efforts that cannot be expected either to restore cardiac or respiratory function to the consumer or other medical or surgical treatments to achieve the expressed goals of the informed consumer. In the case of the incompetent consumer, the consumer's representative expresses the goals of the consumer.
(35) Misappropriation of Patient/Resident Property. The deliberate misplacement, exploitation or wrongful, temporary or permanent use of an individual's belongings or money without the individual's consent.
(36) Neglect. The failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish or mental illness; however, the withholding of authorization for or provision of medical care to any terminally ill person who has executed an irrevocable living will in accordance with the Tennessee Right to Natural Death Law, or other applicable state law, if the provision of such medical care would conflict with the terms of the living will, shall not be deemed "neglect" for purposes of these rules.
(37) Occupational Therapist. A person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners.
(38) Occupational Therapy Assistant. A person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners.
(39) Person. An individual, corporation, estate, trust, partnership, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.
(40) Personally Informing. A communication by any effective means from the consumer directly to a health care provider.
(41) Physical Status Report (PSR). An instrument used by a registered nurse or other designated professional staff to determine level of risk and define the required health services and supports.
(42) Physical Therapist. A person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners.
(43) Physical Therapy Assistant. A person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners.
(44) Physician. An individual authorized to practice medicine or osteopathy under Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapters 6 or 9.
(45) Physician Assistant. A person who has graduated from a physician assistant educational program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, has passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, and is currently licensed in Tennessee as a physician assistant under title 63, chapter 19.
(46) Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment or POST. Written orders that:
(a) Are on a form approved by the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities;
(b) Apply regardless of the treatment setting and that are signed as required herein by the patient's physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist; and
1. Specify whether, in the event the patient suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation should or should not be attempted;
2. Specify other medical interventions that are to be provided or withheld; or
3. Specify both 1 and 2.
(47) Plan of Care. Health care plan resulting from the comprehensive nursing assessment and/or therapy plan identifying the need for nursing, physical, occupational, or speech therapy for consumers of professional support services. The plan shall meet the standards established in the contractual agreement between the state agency financially responsible for services to individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
(48) Power of Attorney for Health Care. The designation of an agent to make health care decisions for the individual granting the power under T.C.A. Title 34, Chapter 6, Part 2.
(49) Professional Support Services. Nursing, occupational, physical or speech therapy services provided to individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities pursuant to a contract with the state agency financially responsible for such services.
(50) Qualified Emergency Medical Service Personnel. Includes, but shall not be limited to, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, or other emergency services personnel, providers, or entities acting within the usual course of their professions, and other emergency responders.
(51) Reasonably Available. Readily able to be contacted without undue effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner considering the urgency of the consumer's health care needs. Such availability shall include, but not be limited to, availability by telephone.
(52) Registered Nurse. A person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
(53) Shall or Must. Compliance is mandatory.
(54) Site Code. An approved location from which the professional support services may be provided as deemed by the Department of Mental Retardation Services with written notice provided to the Department of Health by the professional support service agency for each site code approved for such agency.
(55) Speech Language Pathologist. As defined in T.C.A. § 63-17-103, a person currently licensed as such by the Tennessee Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences.
(56) State. A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
(57) Supervising Health Care Provider. The designated physician or, if there is no designated physician or the designated physician is not reasonably available, the health care provider who has undertaken primary responsibility for an individual's health care.
(58) Supervision. Authoritative procedural guidance by a qualified person for the accomplishment of a function or activity with initial direction and periodic inspection of the actual act of accomplishing the function or activity. Periodic supervision must be provided if the person is not a licensed or certified assistant, unless otherwise provided in accordance with these rules.
(59) Surrogate. An individual, other than a consumer's agent or guardian, authorized to make a health care decision for the consumer.
(60) Treating Health Care Provider. A health care provider who at the time is directly or indirectly involved in providing health care to the consumer.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-08-34-.01
Original rule filed January 24, 2003; effective April 9, 2003. Amendments filed December 2, 2005; effective February 15, 2006. Amendment filed February 7, 2007; effective April 23, 2007. Amendment filed January 3, 2012; effective April 2, 2012. Amendment filed March 27, 2015; effective June 25, 2015. Amendment filed September 15, 2015; effective 12/14/2015.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 39-11-106, 68-11-201, 68-11-202, 68-11-207, 68-11-209, 68-11-210, 68-11-211, 68-11-213, 68-11-224, and 68-11-1802.

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