CHA News Article

New Law Modifies Notice, Planning Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
Applies to status changes resulting in inability to care for residents

The California Department of Public Health has released All Facilities Letter 18-10, clarifying that, when long-term care facilities have a change in licensure or operation that will result in an ability to care for residents, they must meet new notice and planning requirements. Assembly Bill 275 (Chapter 185, Statutes of 2017), which took effect Jan. 1, requires facilities to provide 60 days’ notice to residents and the state long-term care ombudsman, as well as notify in writing the Department of Health Care Services and any affected health plan at least 60 days before the change. The law also specifies requirements for community meetings, proposed relocation plans, resident assessments and withdrawal of closure.