CHA News Article

Requirements Issued for Requesting Flexibility to Accommodate Increase in Patients

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released the attached All Facilities Letter 18-09, detailing requirements for requesting a temporary program flex for increased patient accommodations, such as medical tents, during a disease outbreak or unexpected events such as a disaster or mass casualty incident. The department reminds providers that requests for program flex must include justification and supporting documentation that patient care will not be compromised. Program flex requests are intended for a temporary increase in patient accommodations, surge tent use or space conversions related to emergencies; they are not to be used as long-term solutions for chronic problems such as emergency department overcrowding. Facilities that wish to request a program flex should contact their CDPH district office.