(a) The definitions in G.S. 131E-176 shall apply to all the rules of this Subchapter.

(b) "Home health agency office", as that phrase is used in G.S. 131E-176(9b) and G.S. 131E-176(16)o, means:

(1) any site that is marketed or advertised as a place from which home health services are provided or for which a physical address or phone number for home health services is listed in the yellow or white pages of any telephone directory, any directory of home health agencies, any inventory of home health services, any promotional material, any agency letterhead, or any other documents distributed to the public; or

(2) any site at which patients are accepted for home health services and regulatory responsibility and authority are assumed for organizing, implementing and evaluating a plan of care to meet the medical, nursing and social needs of the patient; or

(3) any site at which staff are based to serve home health patients, excluding sites of a third party with which the home health agency subcontracts or private residences of employees; or

(4) any site at which original client service records or patient medical records of current clients are maintained or stored.

(c) "In use", as that phrase is used in G.S. 131E-176(16)s, means frequent, regular, periodic, or recurrent use of equipment and not occasional, sporadic, isolated, or incidental use of equipment.


History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-177;

Eff. January 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1996.