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New Law Requires Certification Of Medical Directors In Qualified Nursing Facilities, Imposes New Reporting Requirements | Hanson Bridgett LLP

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Key points

  • Qualified healthcare facilities must ensure that their medical directors are certified within five years of the date of hire or by January 1, 2027, for medical directors already working in an SNF
  • SNFs must declare the certification status of medical director to the CDPH before June 30, 2022
  • SNFs must report changes of medical director to the CDPH within 10 days of the change

As of January 1, 2022, a Qualified Nursing Institution (SNF) will be prohibited from entering into a contract with a medical director unless that person is, or becomes within 5 years, a certified medical director by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) or equivalent organization, as determined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

All independent SNFs are required to report the name and certification status of their medical director to the CDPH by June 30, 2022. For this report, an SNF must submit an HS 215A, curriculum vitae and proof of certification or progress towards certification at CDPH. The HS215A form also requires information regarding criminal history, facility / clinic involvement, and adverse actions. AB 749 requires that a person already employed as a medical director in an SNF be certified before January 1, 2027.

An SNF will also be required to report any change to its medical director within 10 calendar days of the change. When a change occurs, the SNF must submit the appropriate information package to notify the CRPD, including an HS 215A form, curriculum vitae, and proof of certification or progress towards certification.

Institutions applying for SNF accreditation must also submit to the CDPH the HS 215A form, the curriculum vitae of the medical director, the certification status of the medical director and, if not certified, the expected date of certification.

These provisions do not apply to SNFs which operate as a separate part of a hospital (D / P SNF). AD / P SNF must designate a “qualified physician” as medical director. A “qualified physician” is either (1) certified or will be certified as a certified medical director by the ABPLM or (2) board certified in a specialty “consistent with the type of care provided” in the SNF and whose role has been approved by hospital management. AB 749 identifies physical medicine, rehabilitation and pulmonology as examples of certifications acceptable to the board.