SB 779 – California

Status: Enacted
Year Introduced: 2023
Year Enacted: 2023

Primary Care Clinic Data Modernization Act.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of clinics, including primary care clinics, by the State Department of Public Health. A violation of these provisions is a crime. Existing law excludes certain facilities from those provisions, including a clinic that is operated by a primary care community or free clinic and that is operated on separate premises from the licensed clinic and is only open for limited services of no more than 40 hours a week, also referred to as an intermittent clinic.

Existing law imposes various reporting requirements on clinics, including requiring a clinic to provide a verified report to the Department of Health Care Access and Information including information relating to the previous calendar year, such as the number of patients served and specified descriptive information, medical and other health services provided, total clinic operating expenses, and gross patient charges by payer category. Existing law specifies that the reporting requirements apply to all primary care clinics.

This bill would revise those reporting requirements, including specifying the type of descriptive information required to be reported. The bill would extend application of the reporting requirements to intermittent clinics, as specified.

Existing law requires the Department of Health Care Access and Information to be the single state agency designated to collect certain health facility or clinic data for use by all state agencies, as prescribed.

The bill would require an organization that operates, conducts, owns, or maintains a primary care clinic or intermittent clinic, and its officers, to file specified reports with the Department of Health Care Access and Information for every primary care clinic and every intermittent clinic that it operates, conducts, owns, or maintains, on or before the 15th day of February each year, including, but not limited to, the percentage of all revenue spent on workforce expenditures, as specified, a report of all mergers and acquisitions, and a report of quality and equity measures. The bill would impose specified civil penalties on a primary care clinic or intermittent clinic that fails to file a required report pursuant to the bill’s requirements. The bill would authorize a clinic affected by a determination made pursuant to the bill’s requirements to petition the department for a review of the decision, and would further provide for judicial review of any final action by the department, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to adopt regulations necessary to implement these reporting requirements.

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