September 5, 2005
Information Bulletin 05-04
Bill of Rights and Guide Updates for Home Care, Hospice & Outpatient Surgical Centers
The purpose of this information bulletin is to inform home care and hospice providers regarding the following:
- The Minnesota Department of Health's, A Guide to Home Care Services is now available on the MDH website; and
- Changes were made in the Home Care Bill of Rights by the 2001 Minnesota Legislature. The Home Care Bill of Rights was updated September 2004.
- A separate Hospice Bill of Rights, reflecting the hospice rules and statutes, is to be used by licensed hospice providers. The 2005 Minnesota Legislature revised the Hospice Bill of Rights to be effective August 1, 2005.
- Changes were made in the Patient Bill of Rights by the 2004 Minnesota Legislature to include the statement, "Patient also means a person who receives health care services in an outpatient surgical center."
1. Guide to Home Care Services and Guide to Hospice Services:
The revised, "A Guide to Home Care Services" is available for providers to download: A Guide to Home Care Services (PDF) [expired link]
A separate "A Guide to Hospice Services" reflecting the hospice rules and statutes, is to be used by licensed hospice providers, effective September 26, 2004. This document is available for download from the Hospice Licensure page.
Note: The department will NOT send out a new information bulletin when revisions are made to this Guide. Changes will be made directly on the MDH website and a date noted on the document.
2. When will the revisions in the Home Care Bill of Rights be effective?
The revisions to the Minnesota Home Care Bill of Rights were effective October 1, 2001.
Minnesota Home Care Bill of Rights number 16 was modified relating to advance notices. The revised copies of the Minnesota Bill of Rights, with the 2001 revisions, must be implemented and provided to all clients no later than January 31, 2002, by licensed home care/hospice providers in Minnesota.
Effective February 1, 2002, for surveys and complaint investigations, deficiencies will be issued for non-compliance with the 2001 changes to the Minnesota Bill of Rights.
The Home Care Bill of Rights has been updated, effective September 26, 2004. The Home Care Bill of Rights has not changed, but the document has been reformatted for clarification.
A separate "Hospice Bill of Rights" reflecting the hospice rule and statutes, is to be used by licensed hospice providers.
How Can I Access all Provider Type Patient's/Residence Bill Of Rights?
All versions of the Patient's/Residence Bill of Rights can be accessed and downloaded by providers at:
If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact in writing:
Minnesota Department of Health
Health Regulation Division
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 300
PO Box 64900
St. Paul, MN 55164-0900
Telephone: (651) 201-4101.