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28 Pa. Code § 51.12. Nondiscriminatory policy.

§ 51.12. Nondiscriminatory policy.

 (a)  A health care facility shall have a nondiscriminatory policy which applies to all patients or residents and staff. The policy shall include a prohibition on the segregation of buildings, wings, floors and rooms for reasons of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, religion, handicap or disability. The nondiscriminatory policy shall also address the following:

   (1)  Inpatient or outpatient admission or care.

   (2)  Assigning patients or residents to rooms, floors and sections.

   (3)  Asking patients or residents about roommate preferences.

   (4)  Assignments of staff to patient or resident services.

   (5)  Staff privileges of professionally qualified personnel.

   (6)  Utilization of the health care facility.

   (7)  Transfers of patients or residents from their rooms.

 (b)  A health care facility is required to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.A. § §  2000e—2000e-17) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. § §  951—962.2) and to sign the following statement prior to receiving an initial license:

  ‘‘This facility has agreed to comply with the provisions of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and all requirements imposed pursuant thereto to the end that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, religious creed, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the provision of any care or service.’’

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  51.13 (relating to civil rights compliance records).

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