DSS Survey on Oxygen Supplies in ALFS

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), Division of Licensing Programs (DOLP), is considering a proposed change to the assisted living facility standards related to the amount of oxygen supply that must be on site at any given time. The agency, as part of its comprehensive revision of regulations, is reaching out to providers requesting that all assisted living facilities complete a short survey no later than July 25, 2012, in order to provide the necessary data to assist in drafting a proposed change to requirements related to the amount of oxygen each facility must maintain.

Over the past year, Regulatory Advisory Panels (RAPs), composed of association representatives and stakeholders, were established and have been reviewing the standards and suggesting proposed changes to meet these goals.  The RAP assigned to review 22 VAC 40-72-960, Emergency Equipment and Supplies, formed a subcommittee to review the impact of the Department’s proposed change related to oxygen.  RAP subcommittee members determined that data should be collected regarding how assisted living facilities handle oxygen use before any changes would be recommended. As a result, the subcommittee developed a brief survey as a means of obtaining a better understanding of oxygen use and storage in Virginia’s ALFs.

The current Standard Provides the following: “The facility shall ensure the availability of a 96-hour supply of emergency food and drinking water, and oxygen for residents using oxygen.”  The proposed change would require adding the following language to the standard: “At least 48 hours of the supply must be on site at any given time.”

In order to include provider input when making the final recommendation, please click here to take the survey.  You will not be asked to provide any identifying information when completing the survey. VHCA/VCAL is encouraging ALF members to complete the survey by July 25th.