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AB-940 Long-term health care facilities: notice.(2017-2018)


 Section 1439.6 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 Any time a resident is notified in writing of a transfer or discharge from a long-term health care facility, the facility shall also send a copy of the notice to the local long-term care ombudsman within 24 hours. The copy shall be sent by fax machine or email, as may be directed by the local long-term care ombudsman, unless the facility does not have fax or email capability, in which case the copy shall be sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid. A facility’s failure to send the notice within 24 hours shall constitute a class B violation, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 1424. If the department determines the failure to send the notice to the ombudsman was intentional, the department may impose additional penalties on the facility pursuant to Section 1424.