2015-2016 Legislation

Signed

License Application Disclosure
AB 601 (Eggman) enables CCLD to know more about license applicants, including who owns and controls them as well as the track record in California and other states. Specifically, the bill requires disclosure of:

  • Ownership information, not including investors in publically traded companies or investment funds if there is no influence or control over operations
  • Other facilities owned, operated or managed by same applicant or any parent of the applicant
  • Person or entity in control of applicant
  • Management company
  • If part of a “chain,” other communities, including a diagram
  • Name of person with operational control and their work/ownership history
  • Any revocation, suspension, probation, exclusion order or similar action in CA or any other state within last 10 years
  • Any bankruptcy within last 5 years
  • Ongoing updates to CCLD within 30 days for changes within CA or disciplinary actions out of state; have 6 months to update changes of ownership in other states
  • Co-applicants no longer subject to a 1-year moratorium if license is denied due to other co-applicant

CCLD has just started work on the implementation plan and corresponding changes to the license application forms. CALA is also preparing more detailed information which will be available soon.

CCLD Appeal Process
AB 1387 (Chu) streamlines and improves the efficiency of the CCLD appeal process. Effective January 1, 2016, all licensees will have: an additional five days to file the appeal; an expectation of clarity in inspection reports; an expectation of CCLD decision within 60 days of all info being submitted; and a two-step rather than four-step process. CCLD is working on its implementation plan. CALA will provide additional details soon.

POLST Registry Pilot Program
SB 19 (Wolk) will create an electronic registry pilot for collecting statewide POLST information. The pilot program will be run by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority and is to be developed with non-state funds. CALA supported this bill as an electronic registry pilot program is a positive step in ensuring that individuals’ end-of-life wishes are honored.

NP or PA Signatures to be Allowed on POLST
CALA-supported AB 637 (Campos) will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to sign off on POLST forms. Previously, only physicians could sign the POLST form. Since this law takes effect January 1, 2016, the POLST form is being updated to reflect that NPs or PAs are allowed to sign it.

Expansion of the Silver Alert Program
CALA-Supported AB 643 (Nazarian) will expand the Silver Alert program to also activate an alert via Changeable Message Signs (CMS) on California highways. This expansion will make the Silver Alert consistent with the “Amber Alert” (for abducted children) and the “Blue Alert” (a system that alerts police officers about threats made to them).

Workgroup to Update Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease Management
CALA-Supported SB 613 (Allen) will require the Department of Public Health to convene a workgroup to update the 2008 Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease Management in California. The Guidelines will be updated to address recent changes in the health care system.

Vetoed

Annual Inspections for Child Care
AB 74 (Calderon) was vetoed due to costs. The Governor noted that the 2015-16 State Budget increased inspections for child care facilities to once every three years and stated that any further increases should be made through the budget process.

CCRC Unit Resale Process
SB 475 (Monning) deals with resale of CCRC units and does not directly impact RCFEs that do not offer continuing care contracts. CALA removed its late opposition once the provision to require the licensee to pay the department’s investigation costs was removed.