AB 3161

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 21, 2024
  • Senate
  • Governor

Health and care facilities: patient safety and antidiscrimination.

Abstract

(1) Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of health facilities by the State Department of Public Health. A violation of these provisions is a crime. Existing law allows for patients to submit complaints to the department regarding health facilities. Existing law also requires the department to establish a centralized consumer response unit within the Licensing and Certification Division of the department to respond to consumer inquiries and complaints. This bill would require the department to include a section for complaints involving specified health facilities to collect information about outlined demographic factors of affected patients. The bill would require the department to include a section on the Complaint Against a Health Care Facility/Provider form on the department's internet website, and provide means for complaints submitted via mail, fax, or by telephone, for complaints involving specified health facilities. The bill would require the department to inform complainants that the information collected is voluntary, is to ensure patients receive the best care possible, and will not affect the department's investigation. The bill would require that complainants shall be provided with information on how to file a complaint with the Civil Rights Department. (2) Existing law requires a health facility to develop, implement, and comply with a patient safety plan to improve the health and safety of patients and to reduce preventable patient safety events. The patient safety plan requires specified elements, including, but not limited to, a reporting system for patient safety events that allows anyone involved to make a report of a patient safety event to the health facility, and a process for a team of facility staff to conduct analyses related to root causes of patient safety events. This bill would require the reporting system to include anonymous reporting options. The bill would also require analysis of patient safety events by sociodemographic factors to identify disparities in these events. The bill would require that the safety plan include a process for addressing racism and discrimination and its impacts on patient health and safety, including monitoring sociodemographic disparities in patient safety events and developing interventions to remedy known disparities, and encouraging facility staff to report suspected instances of racism and discrimination. The bill would require, beginning January 1, 2026, and biannually thereafter, that health facilities submit patient safety plans to the department's licensing and certification division. The bill would authorize the department to impose a fine not to exceed $5,000 on health facilities for failure to adopt, update, or submit patient safety plans, and would authorize the department to grant an automatic 60-day extension to submit biannual patient safety plans. The bill would require the department to make all patient safety plans submitted by health facilities available to the public on its internet website. (3) Existing law requires the department to provide information regarding reports of substantiated adverse events and the outcomes of those investigations on the department's internet website and in written form that is readily accessible to consumers and protects patient confidentiality. This bill would require, commencing January 1, 2026, and annually thereafter, the department to also include demographic information required to be collected. The bill would authorize the department to update this information on the department's internet website more frequently than annually. (4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (3)

Votes


Actions


Jul 03, 2024

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (July 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 19, 2024

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jun 13, 2024

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (June 12). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

May 29, 2024

Senate

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

May 22, 2024

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 21, 2024

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 70. Noes 0.)

May 20, 2024

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 16, 2024

Assembly

Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended.

Assembly

Assembly Rule 63 suspended.

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 1.) (May 16).

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

May 15, 2024

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Apr 16, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 16). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 10, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Apr 02, 2024

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Apr 01, 2024

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. Read second time and amended.

Mar 11, 2024

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

Feb 17, 2024

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

Feb 16, 2024

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB3161 HTML
02/16/24 - Introduced PDF
04/01/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/16/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/19/24 - Amended Senate PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/05/24- Assembly Health PDF
04/13/24- Assembly Judiciary PDF
05/14/24- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/20/24- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/10/24- Senate Health PDF
06/28/24- Senate Judiciary PDF

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