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This page tracks California legislation impacting dental services at Urban Indian clinics. This tracker is updated regularly and provides links to the California Legislative Information website for additional resources.

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AB 2424: Assembly member Gomez (District 51)

Community-based Health Improvement and Innovation Fund.

Summary: This bill would create the Community-based Health Improvement and Innovation Fund in the State Treasury, and the moneys in the fund would be available for reducing health inequity and disparities in the rates and outcomes of priority chronic health conditions. It would do this by preventing the onset of priority chronic health conditions using community-based strategies in communities statewide and with particular focus on health equity priority populations, by strengthening local, regional, and state level collaborations between public health jurisdictions and health care providers, and across government agencies and community partners to create healthier communities, using a health-in-all-policies approach. The department would be required to use a specified percentage of moneys from the fund for certain public health and administrative activities and would be required to award a specified percentage of moneys from the fund to local health jurisdictions and as competitive grants to eligible applicants to be used to improve health and health equity.

This bill would create the 13-member Community-based Health Improvement and Innovation Fund Advisory Committee to advise the department with respect to policy development, integration, and evaluation of community-based chronic disease and injury prevention activities funded under these provisions, and for development of a master plan of recommendations and proposed strategies for the future implementation of those activities. The bill would require the advisory committee to produce a comprehensive set of recommendations and proposed strategies for advancing chronic disease and injury prevention throughout the state, to include implementation strategies in the recommendations for each priority chronic health condition throughout the state and identification of areas where innovative solutions are especially needed, and to submit the recommendations and proposed strategies to the Legislature triennially.

Last Action: 08/02/16 Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriation

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information sites here


AB 1774: Assembly member Bonilla (District 14)

Clinical laboratories: licensure

Summary: This bill would repeal the laws requiring a clinical laboratory to be licensed by the department, including the licensing fee, and would recast the inspection role of the department to involve inspection and monitoring of specified issues for clinical laboratories that are not accredited by an accrediting organization approved under CLIA, investigation upon complaint, and sanctions, as provided. The bill would authorize the department, after the balance in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Fund that is attributable to licensing fees previously assessed on clinical laboratories is less than $1,000,000, to assess a fee, upon inspection, for clinical laboratories that are not accredited by an agency approved under federal law.

Last Action: 05/27/2016 In committee and held under submission

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 1915: Assembly member Santiago (District 53)

Alcohol and drug programs: facility expansion

Summary: This bill would, until December 31, 2018, authorize the department to establish a program for the purpose of making grants or loans to residential treatment centers that are expanding services or to substance use disorder treatment service facilities that are expanding to provide residential treatment services, as specified. The bill would establish the Residential Treatment Facility Expansion Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, as specified, and would transfer $120,000,000 from the General Fund to the Residential Treatment Facility Expansion Fund for the purpose of implementing the program. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations. By creating a continuously appropriated fund and authorizing its expenditure, the bill would make an appropriation.

Last Action: 03/28/2016 Referred to Committee on Appropriations

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 1939: Assembly member Patterson (District 23)

Health facilities: affiliate clinic: licensing

Summary: This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct a study and submit to the Legislature and the department by July 1, 2017, a report identifying, exploring, and addressing occupational licensing requirements that create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry or mobility.

Last Action: 05/27/2016 In committee and held under submission.

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 1947: Assembly member Chiu (District 17)

Health facilities: affiliate clinic: licensing

Summary: This bill would require the centralized application unit to publish on the department’s Internet Web site current checklists and instructions concerning how to complete an application for a new affiliate clinic license, as well as how to report changes to an existing affiliate primary care clinic.

Last Action: 06/13/2016 Hearing canceled at the request of the author

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 2670: Assembly member Roger Hernandez (District 51)

Medi-Cal: manage care health plans: CAHPS Health Plan survey

Summary: This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to annually administer the Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan surveys, which are developed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for all Medi-Cal managed care plan populations, and would require the CAHPS survey to be administered for all Medi-Cal managed care plan models, including county organized health systems and geographic managed care. The bill would require the department to translate the CAHPS survey in all Medi-Cal threshold languages, and administer the CAHPS survey in each county in all Medi-Cal threshold languages in that county. The bill would require the department to stratify the results of the CAHPS surveys by specified factors, including geographic region and primary language, as specified. The bill would require the department to annually prepare and make publicly available a report on the results of the CAHPS surveys on the department’s Internet Web site, and would require the report to include specified information.

Last Action: 05/27/2016 Held under submission

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 2467: Assembly member Gomez (District 51)

Health facilities: executive compensation

Summary: This bill would require covered hospitals and medical entities, as defined, to annually submit to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development an executive compensation report for every executive whose annual compensation exceeds a specified threshold. The bill would also require each covered hospital or medical entity with 100 or more employees to annually report compensation information by employee classification and by gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as self-reported by its employees.

Last Action: 06/02/2016 Read for the third time and refused passage.

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 2422: Assemblymember Jones (District 71)

Medical Board of California

Summary: The Medical Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Last Action: 2/22/16 Read for the first time

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 1568: Assemblymember Bonta (District 18) and Atkins (District 78)

Medi-Cal: demonstration project

Summary: This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to implement a waiver or demonstration project authorized under a specified federal waiver that, among other things, includes a delivery system transformation and alignment incentive program for designated public hospital systems and district municipal hospitals. The bill would require the department to consult with interested stakeholders and the Legislature in implementing this waiver or demonstration project.

Last Action: 06/27/2016 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 2053: Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (District 80)

Licensed Health Center Expansion and Consolidation Act

Summary: This bill will help community health centers meet patients’ increased needs by allowing them to expand their health center to new facilities that are next door, down the street, or a bus ride away. Currently, every facility must be independently licensed regardless of proximity to each other or how they coordinate patient care.

Last Action: 08/30/2016 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


AB 1177: Assemblymembers Gomez (District 51), Burke (District ), and Low (District 28)

Primary care clinics: written transfer agreements

Summary: Existing law requires primary care clinics (PCCs) to obtain and submit a written hospital transfer agreement (HTA) with one or more nearby hospitals and other facilities to meet medical emergencies, to the State Department of Public Health (DPH).

This bill would exempt licensed PCCs from having to engage in a written HTA in order to obtain licensure. However, this provision does not apply to a PCC where anesthesia is used in compliance with the community standard of practice, and that could have the potential to place a patient at risk of losing their life-preserving reflexes. Additionally, it does not apply if the PCC can provide evidence that two or more local hospitals elected not enter into a HTA with the PCC to the DPH. Alternative birth centers licensed as a PCC would also be required to maintain a written transfer agreement.

The California Family Health Council, The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California feel that this bill expands access to essential services by barriers for PPCS to obtain licensure to operate.

Last Action: 10/09/2015 -Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 704, Statutes of 2015.

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


SB 346: Senator Wieckowski

Health facilities: community benefits

Summary: Existing law requires non profit hospitals and clinics to adopt and update a community benefits plan for providing community benefits either alone, in conjunction with other health care providers, or through other organizational arrangements.  This bill would require nonprofit hospitals and multispecialty clinics to follow uniform standards for reporting the level of charity care and community benefits they provide to their community. This would ensure that clinics meet the social obligations for which they receive favorable tax treatment.

This bill would, by January 1, 2018, require non profit hospitals and clinics to develop a community benefits statement and assessment of its community’s health needs. These entities would devise a community benefits advisory committee to help relay community input for the purpose of their community needs assessment. The assessment would be made public, and filed with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), to be updated every 3 years.
This bill would also require a the non profit health facilities, by April 1, 2018, to develop a community benefits plan that includes a summary of the community needs assessment and statement. This plan would provide services to meet community needs, and be available for public viewing on the facility’s Web site, or upon request. Starting after April 1, 2018, the non profit would submit the community benefits plan to the OSHPD, and annually thereafter.
This bill would be operative upon the certification by the Director of OSPHD, and no later than January 1, 2017. The OSPHD would provide technical assistance to help the private nonprofit publicize their community’s health needs assessment and benefits plan, to calendar plan adoption meetings, and to calculate the value of benefits provided by hospitals. This bill would authorize the OSHPD to assess a civil penalty, as provided, against any hospital or clinic that fails to comply with these provisions.
Since charity care and community benefits are not uniformly defined or measured, it is difficult to determine whether hospitals are adequately serving their communities. Thus, this bill provides a platform to transparently calculate the level of community benefits provided by a non profit hospital or clinic, and to determine where improvements can be made.

Last Action: 02/01/2016 Returned to Secretary of Senate

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here

See AB 1046


SB 392: Assemblymember Nguyen

Health facilities

Summary: Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation by the State Department of Public Health of general acute care hospitals and other health facilities. Existing law defines health facility as a facility, place, or building that is organized, maintained, and operated for the diagnosis, care, prevention, and treatment of human illness.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Last Action: 02/01/2016 Returned to Secretary of Senate

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


SB 619: Senator Morrell 

Pharmacy: outsourcing facilities: licensure

Summary: Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of pharmacists and pharmacy corporations in this state by the California State Board of Pharmacy.

This bill creates new California licensing requirements for a new category of prescription drug compounding entities, called an outsourcing facility. An outsourcing facility is a facility, that at one geographic location engages in compounding sterile human drugs and elects to comply with all standards of 503B. The standards include biannually reporting to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on what drugs are compounded in the facility.
This bill would require the board to license an outsourcing facility, and would prohibit it from being licensed as a compounding pharmacy (a pharmacy that compounds sterile drug products) from the board. The bill would require an outsourcing facility to receive licensure from the board prior to engaging in business with the state, and to notify the board of any disciplinary action taken by another state or the federal Food and Drug Administration within 10 days of the action. The board would inspect the location of an outsourcing facility to ensure that it complies with regulations before issuing or renewing a license. Any violation of these provisions would be punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 per occurrence. Starting January 1, 2018, the board would provide a report on their regulator processes of nonresident outsourcing facilities to the Legislature. The board would be authorized to collect a fee of $780 for the issuance and renewal of an outsourcing license and a fee of $715 for a temporary license.

One time costs are estimated to be around $177,000 for licensing and inspection activities, and computer system upgrades, and ongoing costs are estimated to be around $126,o00 per year for licensing inspections.

Last Action: 02/01/2016 Returned to Secretary of Senate

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


SB 720: Senator Mitchell

Health facilities: facility physical plants

Summary: Existing law requires the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to adopt and enforce regulations prescribing building standards for the adequacy and safety of health facility physical plants.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Last Action: 02/01/2016 Returned to Secretary of Senate

For more information on this bill please check the Official California Legislative Information site here


 

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