Licensing Update

Croatia Trip April 2019

Mike & Robin are taking a group of our students to the beautiful cities of Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia March 30, April 9, 2019, at an incredible price of approximately $3189 per person, shared room price. This includes CEUs for administrators and nurses; round trip air from LAX; airport/hotel transfers in both cities; 4-star, superior class hotels; daily breakfast; city tours; and optional side trips. Join us on a great, affordable trip to two of Croatia’s seaport towns with so much to do. Call 866/257-7323 to make a $450 per person deposit or pay your deposit on our website or mail to our office address. Payoff deadline is January 2019. This is a “don’t miss” trip.

Legislative and Licensing Updates

Insurance Premiums Due?

Did your liability insurance get cancelled, or your renewal notice premium significantly increase? Talk to Willy Halle before June to see if he can help with costs and coverage: (760) 835-1884.

 

Legislative and Licensing Updates

AB3098 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Burbank) is still an active bill and just revised adding more provisions about evacuation or sheltering in place. This bill was revised to require emergency drills at least once every quarter instead of every 3 months. It added a list of items to be taken from the facility if evacuating, too. Ms. Friedman can be reached at (818) 558-3043. Mike and Robin favor this bill for resident safety.

AB2744 by Assembly Member Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino), is still an active bill and in committee. This bill would reform referral agencies requiring all such agencies to register with DSS, be licensed every two years, pay licensing fees, provide disclosure to a client before providing a referral, require criminal record clearances on employees, train employees on prohibited and restricted conditions with acceptance and retention provisions in Title 22, maintain liability insurance, and classify employees as mandated reporters. (One question remains: what if the referral agency does not have employees but “independent contractors?”) The bill would allow facilities to “opt out” of contracts, do credit checks on clients, stop agencies from collecting fees after the client has passed away or decides not to be admitted, prorate fees upon resident’s death, and know the referral agency’s “preferred provider list.”  This bill will force referral agencies to reveal to every facility other facilities the client was referred. Mike and Robin strongly recommend passage and beg our students to call (909) 474-7156 to support the bill.

AB1437 by Assembly Member Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), if enacted, would eliminate the need for a licensee to transfer fingerprint clearances of employees between facilities held by the same licensee. It would also amend current law to eliminate the need for a current administrator to complete the 80-hour initial course to apply for a new facility license. (559) 446-2029

AB 3039, introduced by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) would allow facilities to hire persons previously disqualified because of a violent felony conviction after applying for an exemption and the crime occurred within the past five years. Yes, that’s right. Certain conditions would exist but are not grievous, including the applicant obtained rehabilitative relief or a governor’s pardon. This is a dangerous bill and should be opposed by calling Mr. Holden at (626) 351-1917 or (909) 624-7876. Unbelievable.

AB 2233 by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) would required the Department of Health Care Services to extend the Assisted Living Waiver Program in California. As of 2018, the waiver is only operational in 15 of California’s 58 counties. The bill would expand the number of eligible counties and eligible persons and modify the reimbursement tiers. Mr. Kalra can be reached at (408) 277-1220.

At rfce4you.com, you can obtain the latest edition of Title 22, revised in April and May 2017, and Health and Safety Code 1569, revised in July 2017 and January 2018. You can also get Mike’s 2018 Handbook of Issues. Mike’s 2018 RCFE admission agreement is now 31 pages revised with numerous protections for facilities and updated with legally required provisions.