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§16-5C-3. Powers, duties and rights of director.

In the administration of this article, the director shall have the following powers, duties and rights:

(a) To enforce rules and standards promulgated hereunder for nursing homes;

(b) To exercise as sole authority all powers relating to the issuance, suspension and revocation of licenses of nursing homes;

(c) To enforce rules promulgated hereunder governing the qualification of applicants for nursing home licenses, including, but not limited to, educational requirements, financial requirements, personal and ethical requirements;

(d) To receive and disburse federal funds and to take whatever action not contrary to law as may be proper and necessary to comply with the requirements and conditions for the receipt of such federal funds;

(e) To receive and disburse for authorized purposes any moneys appropriated to the division of health by the Legislature;

(f) To receive and disburse for purposes authorized by this article, any funds that may come to the division of health by gift, grant, donation, bequest or devise, according to the terms thereof, as well as funds derived from the division of health's operation, or otherwise;

(g) To make contracts, and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient in carrying out the director's functions and duties; and all such contracts, agreements and instrumentsshall be executed by the director;

(h) To appoint officers, agents, employees and other personnel and fix their compensation;

(i) To offer and sponsor educational and training programs for nursing homes for clinical, administrative, management and operational personnel;

(j) To undertake survey, research and planning projects and programs relating to administration and operation of nursing homes and to the health, care, treatment and service in general of such homes;

(k) To assess civil penalties for violations of facility standards, in accordance with section ten of this article;

(l) To inspect any nursing home and any records maintained therein that are necessary to determine compliance with licensure laws or medicare or medicaid certification, subject to the provisions of section ten of this article;

(m) To establish and implement procedures, including informal conferences, investigations and hearings, subject to applicable provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, and to enforce compliance with the provisions of this article and with rules issued hereunder;

(n) To subpoena witnesses and documents, administer oaths and affirmations, and to examine witnesses under oath for the conduct of any investigation or hearing. Upon failure of a person without lawful excuse to obey a subpoena to give testimony and uponreasonable notice to all persons affected thereby, the director may apply to the circuit court of the county in which the hearing is to be held for an order compelling compliance;

(o) To make complaint or cause proceedings to be instituted against any person or persons for the violation of the provisions of this article or of rules issued hereunder. Such action may be taken by the director without the sanction of the prosecuting attorney of the county in which proceedings are instituted, if the officer fails or refuses to discharge his or her duty. The circuit court of the county in which the conduct has occurred or, if emergency circumstances require, the circuit court of Kanawha County shall have jurisdiction in all civil enforcement actions brought under this article and may order equitable relief without bond. In no such case may the director or any person acting under the director's direction be required to give security for costs;

(p) To delegate authority to the director's employees and agents to perform all functions of the director except the making of final decisions in adjudications;

(q) To submit an annual report to the governor, the Legislature and the public sixty days before the governor is required to submit an annual budget report to the Legislature. The report shall describe the licensing and investigatory activities of the department during the year, and the nature and status of other activities of the department, and may include comment on the acts, policies, practices or procedures of anypublic or private agency that effect the rights, health or welfare of residents of nursing homes. The annual report shall include a list of all nursing homes in the state, whether such homes are proprietary or nonproprietary; the name of the owner or owners; the total number of beds; the number of private and semiprivate rooms; the costs per diem for private residents; the number of full-time employees and their professions; recreational programs; services and programs available as well as the costs thereof; and whether or not those nursing homes listed accept medicare and medicaid residents. The report shall also contain the department's recommendations as to changes in law or policy which it deems necessary or appropriate for the protection of the rights, health or welfare of residents of nursing homes in the state;

(r) To establish a formal process for licensed facilities to file complaints about the survey process or surveyors; and

(s) To establish a committee to study and make a recommendation to the Legislature on a central reporting system for allegations of abuse.