(a) A long-term health care facility, as defined in Section 1418, which fails to make reasonable efforts to safeguard patient property shall reimburse a patient for or replace stolen or lost patient property at its then current value. The facility shall be presumed to have made reasonable efforts to safeguard patient property if the facility has shown clear and convincing evidence of its efforts to meet each of the requirements specified in Section 1289.4. The presumption shall be a rebuttable presumption, and the resident or the resident’s representative may pursue this matter in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(b) A citation shall be issued if the long-term health care facility has no program in place or if the facility has not shown clear and convincing evidence of its efforts to meet all of the requirements set forth in Section 1289.4. The department shall issue a deficiency in the event that the manner in which the policies have been implemented is inadequate or the individual facility situation warrants additional theft and loss protections.
(c) The department shall not determine that a long-term health care facility’s program is inadequate based solely on the occasional occurrence of theft or loss in a facility.
(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1235, Sec. 2.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018