CHA News Article

New Law Requires Patient Notification of Outpatient Clinical Services
Attached AFL outlines notice requirements

The attached All Facilities Letter (AFL) from the California Department of Public Health outlines requirements of a new state law, SB 1365 (Chapter 501, Statutes of 2016), which took effect Jan. 1. Under the new law, hospitals are required to notify each patient scheduled for a service in an off-site hospital-based outpatient clinic if that service is available in another location that is not hospital-based. The statute defines a hospital-based outpatient clinic as a department of a provider that is more than 250 yards from the main campus. Requirements of the notice, along with sample text, are outlined in the AFL.