Assembly Bill (AB) 2644 – Skilled Nursing Facilities: Infection Preventionists and Communicable Disease Reporting

AFL 20-85 From the California Department of Public Health November 9, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Assembly Bill (AB) 2644 – Skilled Nursing Facilities: Infection Preventionists and Communicable Disease Reporting ​AUTHORITY:      Health and Safety Code sections 1255.9 and 1275.41 ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) of the passage of AB 2644 (Chapter 287, Statutes of 2020), requiring SNFs to have a full-time, dedicated infection preventionist (IP), a plan for infection prevention quality control, and annual training in infection prevention and control for all health care personnel (HCP).AB 2644 also requires SNFs to report communicable disease data to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) during a declared emergency related to the communicable disease, including data on each disease-related death that must be reported within 24 hours, and to notify residents and their representatives and family members about cases of the communicable disease within the facility.

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Trump Administration Announces Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule, Continues Commitment to Transform Medicaid by Delivering Greater Flexibility to States

November 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule, Continues Commitment to Transform Medicaid by Delivering Greater Flexibility to States  Final rule improves balance of federal oversight and state flexibility while maintaining critical beneficiary and quality of care protections Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care final rule.

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