135C.37  Complaints alleging violations--confidentiality.

A person may request an inspection of a health care facility by filing with the department, care review committee of the facility, or the long-term care resident's advocate as defined in section 231.4, subsection 16, a complaint of an alleged violation of applicable requirements of this chapter or the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. A person alleging abuse or neglect of a resident with a developmental disability or with mental illness may also file a complaint with the protection and advocacy agency designated pursuant to section 135B.9 or section 135C.2. A copy of a complaint filed with the care review committee or the long-term care resident's advocate shall be forwarded to the department. The complaint shall state in a reasonably specific manner the basis of the complaint, and a statement of the nature of the complaint shall be delivered to the facility involved at the time of the inspection. The name of the person who files a complaint with the department, care review committee, or the long-term care resident's advocate shall be kept confidential and shall not be subject to discovery, subpoena, or other means of legal compulsion for its release to a person other than department employees involved in the investigation of the complaint.

Section History: Early form

  [C77, 79, 81, § 135C.37]

Section History: Recent form

  84 Acts, ch 1227, § 3; 85 Acts, ch 186, § 2; 89 Acts, ch 241, § 3; 89 Acts, ch 321, § 28; 91 Acts, ch 107, §4

Internal References

  Referred to in § 135C.38, 135C.40, 135C.46, 135C.48

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