What are the Possible Outcomes of the Hearing Process?
The ALJ can only find that the investigation was adequate or, if it was not, propose that the Bureau be ordered to conduct a re-investigation. The ALJ cannot impose fines, make decisions about the quality of care received by a resident, or decide whether a resident got what was paid for.
After the hearing is completed, the ALJ prepares a Proposal for Decision (PFD) that includes the ALJ’s findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a recommendation. Exceptions to the PFD may be filed. The Department Director then enters the final decision at the administrative level. The Department Director’s decision may be appealed to circuit court.