New Mexico Administrative Code
Title 7 - HEALTH
Chapter 7 - HOSPITALS
Part 2 - REQUIREMENTS FOR ACUTE CARE, LIMITED SERVICES AND SPECIAL HOSPITALS
Section 7.7.2.37 - OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Universal Citation: 7 NM Admin Code 7.7.2.37

Current through Register Vol. 35, No. 6, March 26, 2024

A. Medical Direction. If outpatient services are offered by the hospital, the services shall be under the direction of a qualified member of the medical staff.

B. Administration.

(1) The outpatient service shall be organized into sections or clinics, the number of which shall depend on the size and the degree of departmentalization of the medical staff, the available facilities and the needs of the patients for whom it accepts responsibility.

(2) Outpatient clinics shall be coordinated with corresponding inpatient services.

(3) On their initial visit to the service, patients shall receive an appropriate health assessment with follow-up as indicated.

C. Personnel.

(1) The outpatient services shall have adequate numbers of qualified personnel.

(2) A professional registered nurse shall be responsible for the nursing care of the outpatient service.

D. Facilities.

(1) Facilities shall be provided to ensure that the outpatient service is operated efficiently and to protect the health and safety of the patients.

(2) The number of examination and treatment rooms shall be adequate in relation to the volume and nature of work performed.

(3) Suitable facilities for necessary laboratory and other diagnostic tests shall be available either through the hospital or by arrangement with an independent CLIA certified laboratory.

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