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AB-973 Long-term health facilities: culture change.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The federal Nursing Home Reform Act allows the federal government to issue sanctions against nursing homes that fail to comply with federal Medicare and Medicaid quality of care requirements.
(b) Civil money penalties are one of the sanctions established by the federal government to encourage nursing homes to comply with federal requirements and to prevent poor quality of care.
(c) The federal government contracts with state licensing and certification agencies to inspect nursing homes and to issue civil money penalties for violations of federal conditions of participation.
(d) Moneys collected as a result of civil penalties imposed due to violations of federal and state statutes are deposited into two separate accounts that are established in the Special Deposit Fund pursuant to Section 16370 of the Government Code.
(e) These civil money penalties offer an opportunity to better the lives of nursing home residents by providing additional resources to the state to improve the quality of care and quality of life for residents.
(f) The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows a portion of the federal civil money penalty funds to be used to support activities that promote quality of care and the well-being of nursing home residents in certified nursing homes. Specifically, federal regulations allow these funds to be used for the promotion of culture change.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1417.2 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

1417.2.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 1428, moneys collected as a result of state and federal civil penalties imposed under this chapter or federal law shall be deposited into accounts that are hereby established in the Special Deposit Fund created pursuant to Section 16370 of the Government Code. These accounts are titled the State Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account, into which moneys derived from civil penalties for violations of state law shall be deposited, and the Federal Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account, into which moneys derived from civil penalties for violations of federal law shall be deposited. Moneys from these accounts shall be  Except as provided in paragraph (5), moneys from the State Health Facilities Penalties Account shall be continuously appropriated and  used, notwithstanding Section 16370 of the Government Code, upon appropriation by the Legislature,  in accordance with state and federal law for the protection of health or property of residents of long-term health care facilities, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Relocation expenses incurred by the department, in the event of a facility closure.
(2) Maintenance of facility operation pending correction of deficiencies or closure, such as temporary management or receivership, in the event that the revenues of the facility are insufficient.
(3) Reimbursing residents for personal funds lost. In the event that the loss is a result of the actions of a long-term health care facility or its employees, the revenues of the facility shall first be used.
(4) The costs associated with informational meetings required under Section 1327.2.
(5) Support for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program established pursuant to Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 9700) of Division 8.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code in an amount appropriated from the State Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account for this purpose in the annual Budget Act. If the amount of moneys in the account falls below eight million dollars ($8,000,000), funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program shall receive priority over funding for the purposes described in paragraph (6). 
(b) (6)  Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the balance in the  Moneys from the  State Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account shall not, at any time, exceed ten million dollars ($10,000,000). Account, in the amount not to exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) shall be used for the general promotion of culture change and person-centered care in the state’s long-term care facilities. 
(c) (b)  (1)  Moneys from the Federal Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account, in the amount not to exceed one two  hundred thirty fifty  thousand dollars ($130,000), may also be used, notwithstanding Section 16370 of the Government Code, upon appropriation by the Legislature, in accordance with state and federal law ($250,000) each fiscal year, shall be used for specific projects as directed by the federal government  for the improvement of quality of care and quality of life for long-term health care facilities residents pursuant to Section 1417.3. care residents, including the promotion of person-centered care and culture change. 
(2) In order to promote culture change as specified in paragraph (1), projects undertaken by the nonprofit organization under the direction of the department and federal government shall specify the desired outcomes, deliverables, and how the project is to be evaluated. At the commencement of the projects, the department shall post on its Internet Web site a description of the project to be undertaken, including a timeline for activities and evaluation. Within six months of the completion of the project, the department shall post on its Internet Web site the outcomes of the projects.
(d) (c)  The department shall post on its Internet Web site, and shall update on a quarterly basis, all of the following regarding the funds in the State Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account and the Federal Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account:
(1) The specific sources of funds deposited into the account.
(2) The amount of funds in the account that have not been allocated.
(3) A detailed description of how funds in the account have been allocated and expended, including, but not limited to, the names of persons or entities that received the funds, the amount of salaries paid to temporary managers, and a description of equipment purchased with the funds. However, the description shall not include the names of residents.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1417.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1417.5.
 (a)  In order to promote culture change, as specified in paragraph (6) of subdivision (a) of Section 1417.2, the director shall contract through a competitive bid process with a nonprofit organization that meets both of the following requirements:
(1) The organization has a proven record of experience in providing information, technical assistance, and direct services to long-term health care facilities and other stakeholders.
(2) The organization demonstrates that it includes the involvement of the following persons:
(A) Residents or family members of residents.
(B) Personnel and representatives of long-term health care facilities and facility personnel.
(C) Long-term health care facility resident advisory organizations.
(D) Representatives of state licensing agency personnel.
(E) The state ombudsman and a representative from the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association.
(b) The nonprofit organization shall do all of the following:
(1) Serve as the centralized information and technical assistance clearinghouse for the best practices for implementing person-centered care and culture change in long-term health care facilities.
(2) Develop and conduct training that is appropriate for a variety of long-term health care facility stakeholders.
(3) Assist the director in conducting data collection regarding the impact of culture change best practices on long-term health care facilities and its residents and personnel upon request.
(4) Determine the need for, and conduct, conferences for long-term health care facility personnel, residents, families, advocacy organizations, educational institutions, community groups, and the general public, in order to improve the quality of life and resident satisfaction in facilities.
(5) Develop training materials, and under the direction of the director, distribute the training materials to appropriate stakeholders and report to the director on their distribution, and when possible, the results of the distribution.
(c) (1) The nonprofit organization shall submit annual progress reports on its activities, as required by the director. These reports shall provide a summary and evaluation of the activities of the organization. The report shall also include all of the following:
(A) An annual budget and summary of expenditures.
(B) Recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the efforts to disseminate the principles of culture change to long-term health care facilities.
(C) Recommendations for the continued efforts in the subsequent year.
(d) It is recognized that in order for the nonprofit organization to conduct the duties specified in this section these funds will support core operations of the organization, such as staffing salaries and operational expenses.
(e) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the nonprofit organization from seeking additional funding through charitable contributions, fees for conferences and training, and grants made from foundations or other organizations, including other governmental agencies, for the purpose of disseminating the principles of culture change.
(f) As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Culture change” means the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-centered values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Core person-centered values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living, and include all of the following:
(A) Resident care and activities that are directed by the resident.
(B) A living environment that is designed to be a home rather than an institution.
(C) Close relationships between residents, family members, staff, and community.
(D) Work that is organized to support and 
empower all staff to respond to residents’ needs and desires.
(E) Management that enables collaborative and 
decentralized decisionmaking.
(F) Systematic processes that are 
comprehensive, measurement-based, and utilized for continuous quality improvement.
(2) “Person-centered care” means treatment and care that places a person at the center of his or her own care and considers the needs of the older person. Principles of person-centered care include all of the following:
(A) Sharing power and responsibility with a person in decisionmaking about all matters of care and treatment.
(B) Ensuring that care is delivered in a manner that honors a person’s customary preferences and routines.
(C) Ensuring that a person’s quality of life is taken into account along with quality of care.
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until the January 1 of the year that is four years after the date funds are received by the nonprofit organization for expenditure from the state fund, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before that date, deletes or extends that date.