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(1) The facility must ensure the availability of physician services 24 hours a day.

(2) The physician must develop, in coordination with licensed nursing personnel, a medical care plan of treatment for a client if the physician determines that an individual client requires 24 hour licensed nursing care. This plan must be integrated in the individual treatment plan.

(3) The facility must provide or obtain preventive and general medical care as well as annual physical examinations of each client that at a minimum include the following:

(a) evaluation of vision and hearing;

(b) immunizations, using as a guide the recommendations of the public health service advisory committee on immunization practices or of the committee on the control of infectious diseases of the American academy of pediatrics;

(c) routine screening laboratory examinations as determined necessary by the physician, and special studies when needed; and

(d) tuberculosis control, appropriate to the facility's population, and in accordance with the recommendations of the American college of chest physicians or the rule of diseases of the chest of the American academy of pediatrics, or both.

(4) To the extent permitted by Montana law, the facility may utilize physician assistants and nurse practitioners to provide physician services as described in this rule.

(5) A physician must participate in:

(a) the establishment of each newly admitted client's initial individual treatment plan; and

(b) if appropriate, the review and update of an individual treatment plan as part of the interdisciplinary team process either in person or through written report to the interdisciplinary team.

History: Sec. 50-5-103 and 50-5-238, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-5-103, 50-5-201 and 50-5-238, MCA; NEW, 2003 MAR p. 1322, Eff. 7/1/03.

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