CTRC Legislative/Regulatory March/April Update

CTRC Legislative/Regulatory March/April Update

Please Note: CCHP has a pending legislation/regulation webpage located at the following link: http://cchpca.org/state-laws-and-reimbursement-policies


State Bill # Status Summary
CA AB 244 3/21/17: In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Health. Creates a pilot program in counties that elect to participate, designed to increase the capacity of health providers that serve pregnant and postpartum women up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage postpartum depression and other mental health conditions. Provides that the pilot program would be privately funded.  The pilot program may include a provider-to-provider or patient-to-provider consultation program and utilize telehealth or e-consult technologies.



Pending Regulation

State Reg. Status Summary


Title 22 CCR Section 100270


12/14/16: Proposed

Comment Deadline: 1/23/17

Title: Stroke Critical Care System

Agency: Emergency Medical Services Authority

Adds a new definition of telemedicine and stipulates requirements for local EMS agency stroke critical care systems, including that emergency department neurological expertise be provided in person or through telemedicine in acute stroke ready hospitals.


Approved Regulation

State Reg. Status Summary
California Title 16 CCR Section 4172


1/11/2017:  Adopted

Effective: 4/1/2017

Title:  Telehealth

Agency:  Board of Occupational Therapy

Clarifies that an occupational therapist does not need to obtain a patient’s/client’s consent for subsequent telehealth services once the patient initially consents to receive occupational therapy services via telehealth. Deletes informed from the language and otherwise reconstructs the language in the subsection to make it read better.

California Title 15 CCR 1027.5, 1122.5, 1208.5, 1030 2/15/17: Adopted

Effective: 4/1/17

Title: Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities

Agency:  Board of State and Community Corrections

Provides a new definition for telehealth and allows a facility administrator for mentally disordered inmates to develop policies and procedures to identify and evaluate inmates through telehealth.