Subacute-care units provide a specialized level of care to
medically fragile patients. Subacute patients are individuals who
do not need acute care, but who are too ill to be cared for by
most skilled-nursing facilities. Frequently, these individuals
are ventilator-dependent or require frequent respiratory
treatments. While subacute beds are licensed as skilled-nursing
beds, they are reimbursed differently and are subject to
additional staffing and patient criteria requirements.
CHA provides state and federal representation and advocacy in the
legislative and regulatory arenas to improve access to quality,
cost-effective subacute-care services.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Healthcare
Associated Infections Program (HAI) has developed a
self-assessment tool for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to
help them collect data and evaluate their infection control
practices. The HAI program will also use the online tool to
collect and summarize data — aggregated from all LTCFs that
volunteer to participate. According to CDPH, the goals of using
the tool are to better understand infection control needs and
challenges in the long-term care setting and help CDPH plan
educational programs and consultative services. The tool was
developed in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. More information, including a link to the tool,
is available in attached CDPH letter.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued an
All Facility Letter (AFL) to remind skilled-nursing
facilities that the December 2012 Minimum Data Set (MDS)
newsletter, California MDS Nuggets, has been
issued. CDPH encourages SNFs to submit clinical and
technical inquiries regarding MDS 3.0 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
more information, see attached AFL and newsletter.