Is your Med Program Ready for the October 6 Change?

Effective October 6, 2014 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is reclassifying Hydrocodone combination products or HCPs from the more permissive Schedule III to a Schedule II drug.  Examples include Norco, Vicodin and Lortab. Hydrocodone plus acetaminophen is the most widely prescribed drug in the country since 2007.  This will impact assisting living.  As a schedule …

New California POLST Form

A new version of the California Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form goes into effect on October 1, 2014.  There are a number of changes to the form, including reordering of sections, renaming of some items, and the addition of treatment goals.

To Serve those Who Serve Others

July 8, 2014 Dear Blog Reader: At Care and Compliance Group, we believe in straightforward, factual communications with our customers. For more than three decades, we have served those who serve others by helping Assisted Living providers across the country (from individual owners to large corporate providers) in meeting their staff reminder of compliance needs. …

New Minimum Wage Starts Today

Effective July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in California goes up to $9.00 per hour.  Learn more about the new minimum wage and find answers to frequently asked questions here at the CA Department of Industrial Relations website.

RCFE Legislative Activity

This has turned into an unprecedented year for assisted living legislation in California, with 18 bills being proposed in Sacramento to “reform” RCFEs.  The laws being proposed include new insurance requirements, online posting of licensing reports, new training requirements, and much more.

RCFE Incident Reporting Requirements

RCFEs are responsible for reporting certain incidents to Community Care Licensing.  Regulation 87211 requires a written report be submitted for any of the following:

New LGBT Training Requirements

New laws in California (AB663) require training on cultural competency and sensitivity in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues for persons becoming certified as RCFE or ARF Administrators. This training is now required as part of the administrator certification course.

RCFE Nighttime Staffing Requirements

A Tuesday Tip subscriber emailed us recently asking what the minimum night time staffing requirement is in an RCFE.  So we thought it would be helpful to share our answer with you.

What Must Be Included in an RCFE Eviction Notice?

As an assisted living provider you never want to evict a resident.  It is our goal to provide services to our residents for as long as safely possible, and to ensure their satisfaction.  Unfortunately, there are times when an eviction is necessary, such as failure to pay the basic rate, violations of house rules, needs …

Higher Acuity – Is C. diff Allowed in a California RCFE?

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that can cause symptoms that range from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.  Illness from C. diff is most common in older adults and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.