RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Hospitals, nursing homes, and adult and hospice care facilities in North Carolina would be required to allow patient visits to a measure that received final legislative approval on Wednesday .
The bill is the result of complaints from voters last year about the inability of family members to visit loved ones in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senate voted unanimously for the compromise measure, two weeks after the House voted for the bill.
The measure is now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, according to which visits should be permitted to the extent federal law permits. Compassionate visits, such as when the patient’s relative dies, should also be allowed.
State health officials are reportedly fining a health care facility $ 500 that violates this policy and fails to fix the problem.
The bill, titled âNo Patient Left Alone Act,â marks the latest approved measure that addresses barriers to visitor access that surfaced during the pandemic.
Cooper recently enacted bills that would require hospitals to allow a member of the clergy to visit a patient and ask health regulators to establish visiting policies for them by next year. nursing homes and adult care homes in a declared emergency.