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Court Extends Deadline for Patient Representative Mandate for Skilled-Nursing Facility Interdisciplinary Teams

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An Alameda County Superior Court judge has issued an amended judgment in CANHR v. Angell, the 2016 court decision that established a requirement to include a designated patient representative for incapacitated skilled-nursing facility (SNF) residents without decision-makers in interdisciplinary team meetings convened to address care decisions.  

The amended judgment delays the deadline for implementation by six months to Jan. 27, 2023.  

The decision allows SNFs to continue to admit and provide care to these vulnerable residents while the California Department of Aging proceeds with the establishment of the new Office of the Patient Representative (OPR). CHA, in collaboration with the California Association of Health Facilities as well as Consumer Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, is working with OPR staff on the development and communication of associated policies and procedures.