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June 2017

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Legislature Orders Audit of Brius Healthcare Transactions

In a 12-0 vote on June 28, 2017, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved an audit by the State Auditor to determine if the Department of Public Health, Department of Health Care Services and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development are effectively regulating related-party transactions by skilled nursing facilities.

Budget Bill to Increase Nursing Home Staffing Requirements

The Governor is expected to sign a budget bill, SB 97, the Legislature adopted in late June that will increase minimum staffing requirements for freestanding skilled nursing facilities from 3.2 nursing hours per resident per day (HPRPD) to 3.5 direct care HPRPD, effective July 1, 2018. Certified nurse assistants must provide at least 2.4 of these hours per resident each day once the 3.5 HPRPD requirement takes effect.

Additional Nursing Home Complaint Investigation Deadlines Take Effect on July 1, 2017

Nursing home residents and others acting on their behalf will have greater hope that their complaints will be investigated in a timely way under new deadlines that kick in on July 1, 2017.  A 2015 budget law, SB 75, requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to complete investigations of nursing home complaints received on or after July 1, 2017 within 90 days of receipt.

TEXCOM Calls TOD Statute “Fundamentally Flawed”

On June 1, 2017, The Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California – TEXCOM – submitted a 10-page letter to the California Law Review Commission on California’s Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) law. TEXCOM’s letter outlines numerous areas of concern regarding TODs, and ultimately deems the TOD law “fundamentally flawed in a way that TEXCOM fears is not capable of being remedied.”

Arbitration About-Face: Feds Side with Corporate Interests Over Vulnerable Nursing Home Residents

In a devastating turn, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to not only terminate its short-lived ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing homes but to endorse their use as a condition to receiving vital care and services.
Read the Press Release…

Upcoming Events

August SWAP Training in Oakland, CA

What You Need to Know about Long Term Care in California

  • Medi-Cal & the New Recovery Laws 
  • Panel of Experts: Nursing Home Alternatives & Home and Community Based Services

Friday, August 11, 2017
10 am – 1pm
The California Endowment
2000 Franklin St.
Oakland CA 94612

CANHR Happenings

Volunteer Barry Pollock at the Pacific Outreach Health Fair in Oakland on June 25th.