CHA News Article

New Law Establishes Requirements for Post-Hospital Patient Care

Gov. Brown has signed SB 675 (Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge), which requires a hospital to provide an opportunity for each inpatient to identify a family caregiver who may assist in post-hospital care, and to provide an opportunity for the patient and caregiver to participate in the discharge planning process. The hospital must provide information and, when appropriate, instruction about the patient’s post-hospital care needs and medications. The instructions must be provided in a culturally competent manner and in a language that is comprehensible to the patient and caregiver, and must include an opportunity for the caregiver to ask questions. The law also requires hospitals to attempt to notify the patient’s designated family caregiver about the patient’s discharge or transfer to another facility as soon as possible. However, the discharge or transfer does not have to be delayed until notification is accomplished. Hospitals should document all steps required by this law, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2016.