Interim Guidance: Act 110 of 2010
All health care workers in all patient care
settings are required to wear a photo identification badge that includes:
recent photograph of the employee
name of the health care facility or employment agency
The title of the employee must be as large
as possible in block type and should occupy a one-half inch tall strip as close
as practicable to the bottom edge of the badge. Titles that must be spelled out
for both medical and osteopathic doctors
All other employee’s titles should most
accurately describe the employee’s job function and that the public would best
Hospitals must comply with these requirements by June 1, 2015.
Questions & Answers
To which facilities does Act 110 apply?
Act 110 applies to physician offices and
entities licensed as health care facilities by the Department of Health
care nursing facilities
health care agencies
Would the Department of Health grant an
exception to a particular requirement within Act 110?
The Department of Health would not have the
authority to grant an exception to any requirements in Act 110, as the
requirements are part of the statute (law) and only the legislature could
change a specific requirement.
The Department of Health has not issued
final regulations and it is highly unlikely that it will be able to do so
before the June 1 deadline. If the Department of Health, upon the surveying of
a hospital, determines the hospital is not complying with the law, it most
likely would cite the facility and request a plan of correction.
Do photos have to be less than four years
old or updated every four years?
Interim regulations that mandated the update
every four years did not apply to the hospital community. The law stated that
the interim regulations would expire after 18 months or when final regulations
were promulgated, whichever occurred first.
Final regulations were not promulgated, and
18 months have passed from the effective date, therefore, the interim
regulations have expired. Currently there is no requirement for photos to be
less than four years old or to update them every four years.
The law states that a recent photograph of
the employee must be included on the identification badge. The term “recent” is
not defined; however, it would be reasonable to consider that the photo would
need to be updated if it was so old that it does not even look like the
employee (i.e., hair color was red but now it is grey).
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