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EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor

State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health


AFL 18-49
November 16, 2018


TO:
General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)
Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs)

SUBJECT:
Assembly Bill (AB) 2679 – Linen Laundry Processes

AUTHORITY:     Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 1275.8


All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary

This AFL notifies GACHs and APHs of the chaptering of AB 2679, requiring a GACH and APH to adopt and implement an updated linen laundry processing policy by January 1, 2020.

AB 2679 (Chapter 587, Statutes of 2018) requires each GACH and APH to adopt and implement a linen laundry processing policy by January 1, 2020, that is consistent and in accordance with the most recent infection control guidelines and standards developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). GACHs and APHs contracting with medical laundry service providers must include in each provider’s contract, by January 1, 2020, that the facility’s linen laundry is required to be processed in compliance with the facility’s updated linen laundry processing policy, and CDC and CMS standards.

AB 2679 supersedes the requirements of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations for GACHs and APHs. The linen laundry processing policy adopted by a GACH or APH may differ from current Title 22 requirements.

This AFL is a summary of the provisions of AB 2679. Facilities are responsible for following all applicable laws. CDPH’s failure to expressly notify facilities of statutory or regulatory requirements does not relieve facilities of their responsibility for following all laws and regulations. Facilities should refer to the full text of all applicable sections of HSC and the California Code of Regulations to ensure compliance. 
 
If you have any questions regarding the content of this AFL, please contact your respective L&C district office.

Sincerely,

Original signed by Scott Vivona

Scott Vivona
Assistant Deputy Director

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