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CDPH Issues AFL on Infection Prevention Requirements for Skilled-Nursing Facilities

For skilled-nursing facility leaders, compliance officers, infection preventionists

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-85, which informs skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) of the requirement that they have a full-time dedicated infection preventionist, a plan for infection prevention control, and annual training for all health care personnel, as provided in Assembly Bill (AB) 2644.   

AB 2644 also requires SNFs to report communicable disease data to 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.