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AB-749 Skilled nursing facilities: medical director certification.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 1261.4 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1261.4.
 (a) (1) A skilled nursing facility shall not contract with a person as a medical director if the person is not, or will not be within five years of the date of initial hire as the facility’s medical director, certified by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, or an equivalent organization as determined by the department, as a Certified Medical Director, except as set forth in paragraph (2).
(2) A medical director already employed in a skilled nursing facility as of January 1, 2022, shall have until January 1, 2027, to become a Certified Medical Director pursuant to this section.
(b) A skilled nursing facility shall submit to the department all of the following information on the medical director on an initial application:
(1) An HS 215A form or its successor form.
(2) A resume.
(3) Whether its medical director is certified as a Certified Medical Director according to the requirements established by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine or an equivalent organization as determined by the department.
(4) If the medical director is not yet certified, the expected date of certification.
(c) A skilled nursing facility shall notify the department of any changes in its medical director by submitting an HS 215A form or its successor form, a resume, and proof of certification or progress toward certification for its medical director within 10 calendar days of those changes.
(d) All skilled nursing facilities shall report to the department the name and certification status of the facility’s medical director by submitting an HS 215A form or its successor form, a resume, and proof of certification or progress toward certification for its medical director no later than June 30, 2022.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2032, and as of that date is repealed.
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.