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AB-2679 Health facilities: linen laundry.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/20/2018 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 2679
CHAPTER 587

An act to add Section 1275.8 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities.

[ Approved by Governor  September 20, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 20, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2679, O’Donnell. Health facilities: linen laundry.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of health facilities, including general acute care hospitals and acute psychiatric hospitals, by the State Department of Public Health. Existing regulations prescribe specified processes and methods by which general acute care hospitals and acute psychiatric hospitals are required to launder the linens used at those facilities. A violation of these provisions is a crime.
This bill would, on or before January 1, 2020, require each general acute care hospital and acute psychiatric hospital, including those facilities that use a medical laundry service provider, to adopt and implement a linen laundry processing policy that is consistent and in accordance with the most recent infection control guidelines and standards developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) Significant advances have been made in the technologies and detergents used in laundry processes, which reduce the amount of time, energy, and water that are necessary to hygienically clean linens used at health facilities. The State of California has embraced numerous energy and water savings policies that can be achieved, in part, by more efficient commercial laundry processes.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature by enacting this act to allow for more energy and water efficient processes to be used in the processing of hygienically clean linens used at health facilities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1275.8 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1275.8.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2020, each general acute care hospital, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1250, and acute psychiatric hospital, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 1250, shall adopt and implement a linen laundry processing policy that is consistent and in accordance with the most recent infection control guidelines and standards developed by the following:
(1) The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(2) The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(b) A general acute care hospital and an acute psychiatric hospital that uses a medical laundry service provider shall comply with the requirements of subdivision (a).

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.