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AB-2644 Skilled nursing facilities: deaths: reporting.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2020


SECTION 1.

 Section 1255.9 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1255.9.
 (a) (1) A skilled nursing facility shall have a full-time, dedicated Infection Preventionist (IP).
(2) The IP role may be filled either by one full-time IP staff member or by two staff members sharing the IP responsibilities, as long as the total time dedicated to the IP role equals at least the time of one full-time staff member.
(3) The IP shall be a registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse and shall not be included in the calculation of three and one-half hours of direct patient care per day provided to skilled nursing facility residents.
(b) A skilled nursing facility shall have a plan in place for infection prevention quality control.
(c) A skilled nursing facility shall ensure all health care personnel receive infection prevention and control training on an annual basis.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1275.41 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1275.41.
 (a) (1) In the event of a declared emergency related to a communicable disease, a skilled nursing facility, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 1250, shall report communicable disease data in a format and schedule as required by the State Department of Public Health.
(2) The communicable disease data reported pursuant to this section shall include, but not be limited to, information about each disease-related death and suspected disease-related death, which shall be reported to the State Department of Public Health within 24 hours of the death.
(3) The State Department of Public Health shall make the total number of disease-related deaths and suspected disease-related deaths reported pursuant to this section and the location at which they occurred, in a manner that protects patients’ medical privacy, available on its internet website on a weekly basis.
(b) During a declared emergency related to a communicable disease, a skilled nursing facility shall notify residents and their representatives and family members about cases of the communicable disease in compliance with state and federal privacy laws, as instructed by the department.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, the department may, without taking any regulatory actions pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of an All Facilities Letter (AFL) or similar instruction.
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.