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AB-714 Communicable disease reporting.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 1275.41 of the Health and Safety Code is amended 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,  A health facility  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  health facility  at which they occurred, in a manner that protects patients’ medical privacy,  the medical privacy of the patient or resident,  available on its internet website on a weekly basis.
(b) During a declared emergency related to a communicable disease, a skilled nursing  A health  facility shall notify patients or  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.
(d) For purposes of this section only, “health facility” means the health facilities defined in subdivisions (c), (d), (e), (g), (h), (i), (k), (m), and (n) of Section 1250.
SEC. 2.
 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.