CHA News Article

CDPH Provides LCA Information to SNFs

The California Department of Public Health has issued an All Facility Letter (AFL) providing information for designated local contact agencies (LCAs) throughout California. In association with implementing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added new requirements regarding referrals of residents who, in response to questions in MDS Section Q, indicate they wish to talk to someone about returning to community living. Specifically, when a resident responds “Yes” to this item on the MDS, the skilled-nursing facility must initiate care planning and make a referral to the designated LCA, which must then provide information/education about home and community-based options. For more information, see attached AFL 12-29.