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(a) No person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency, that is not operating a hospice as of January 1, 1991, shall establish or operate a hospice without first obtaining a license under this chapter.
  (b) Any person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency, that is operating a hospice as of January 1, 1991, may continue to operate the hospice only under the following conditions:
  (1) The person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency shall apply to the state department for a license under this chapter within 60 days after forms for the application of licensure under this chapter are available from the state department.
  (2) The person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency shall cease calling or referring to itself as a hospice upon the final decision of the director upholding the state department's denial of an application for licensure under this chapter.
  (c) Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the ongoing use of the title "volunteer hospice" by those organizations that satisfy all of the following:
  (1) They do not provide skilled nursing services.
  (2) They do not charge patients or families for hospice services, and they do not receive third-party insurance payments for services rendered.
  (3) They satisfy the disclosure requirements specified in subdivision (c) of Section 1748.
  (d) A small and rural hospice is exempt from the licensing provisions of this chapter and the disclosure requirements of subdivision (c) of Section 1748. A small and rural hospice may provide skilled nursing services and may use the title "volunteer hospice." For purposes of this chapter, a "small and rural hospice" means a hospice that provides services to less than 50 patients per year, does not charge for services, does not receive third-party payment for services rendered, and is not located in a standard metropolitan statistical area.
A hospice program certified in accordance with federal Medicare hospice conditions of participation shall be exempt from subdivision (a) of Section 1747, but shall be subject to Section 1726 unless it elects to apply for hospice licensure. A hospice program that elects to apply for hospice licensure shall thereafter be subject to all the hospice licensure requirements set forth in this chapter.
Each hospice licensed pursuant to this chapter shall maintain, and revise as needed, and implement policies regarding the purchase, storage, furnishing, and transportation of legend devices that are reviewed annually by a group of professional personnel, including a physician and surgeon, a pharmacist, and a registered nurse, and are revised as needed. As used in this section, legend devices means any device that bears the label "Caution: federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a ____," or words of similar meaning.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b) or (d) of Section 1747, no person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency shall establish, conduct, maintain, or represent itself as a hospice unless a license has been issued under this chapter. Multiple locations need not obtain a separate license. Multiple locations shall be listed on the license of the parent agency and each shall pay a licensing fee in the amount prescribed by subdivision (a) of Section 1750.
  (b) Any person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency desiring a license to establish a hospice shall file with the state department a verified application on a form prescribed and furnished by the state department which contains any information as may be required by the state department for the proper administration and enforcement of this chapter.
  (c) Any hospice that is not required to obtain a license under this chapter shall disclose in all advertisements and information provided to the public all of the following information:
  (1) It is not required to be licensed and is not regulated by the state department.
  (2) Any complaint against the hospice should be directed to the local district attorney and the state department.
  (3) Any complaint against personnel licensed by a board or committee within the Department of Consumer Affairs and employed by the hospice should be directed to the respective board or committee. Any complaint against a certified home health aide or certified nurse assistant shall be directed to the state department. The address and phone number of any state agency, board, or committee which is responsible for addressing complaints shall be provided by the hospice, upon request, to any patient of the hospice.
(a) To qualify for a license under this chapter, an applicant shall satisfy all of the following:
  (1) Be of good moral character. If the applicant is a franchise, franchisee, firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation, company, political subdivision of the state, or governmental agency, the person in charge of the hospice for which the application for a license is made shall be of good moral character.
  (2) Demonstrate the ability of the applicant to comply with this chapter and any rules and regulations promulgated under this chapter by the state department.
  (3) File a completed application with the state department that was prescribed and furnished pursuant to Section 1748.
  (b) In order for a person, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency to be licensed as a hospice it shall satisfy the definition of a hospice contained in Section 1746, and also provide, or make provision for, the following basic services:
  (1) Skilled nursing services.
  (2) Social services/counseling services.
  (3) Medical direction.
  (4) Bereavement services.
  (5) Volunteer services.
  (6) Inpatient care arrangements.
  (7) Home health aide services.
  (c) The services required to be provided pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be provided in compliance with the "Standards for Quality Hospice Care, 2003," as available from the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association, until the state department adopts regulations establishing alternative standards pursuant to subdivision (e).
  (d) (1) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, to meet the unique needs of the community, licensed hospices may provide, in addition to hospice services authorized in this chapter, any of the following preliminary services for any person in need of those services, as determined by the physician and surgeon, if any, in charge of the care of a patient, or at the request of the patient or family:
  (A) Preliminary palliative care consultations.
  (B) Preliminary counseling and care planning.
  (C) Preliminary grief and bereavement services.
  (2) Preliminary services authorized pursuant to this subdivision may be provided concurrently with curative treatment to a person who does not have a terminal prognosis or who has not elected to receive hospice services only by licensed and certified hospices. These services shall be subject to the schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program, pursuant to subdivision (w) of Section 14132 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
  (e) The state department may adopt regulations establishing standards for any or all of the services required to be provided under subdivision (b). The regulations of the state department adopted pursuant to this subdivision shall supersede the standards referenced in subdivision (c) to the extent the regulations duplicate or replace those standards.
The Legislature recognizes that hospices can apply for certification for their hospice programs from the federal Medicare program. If the department has determined during any combined licensing and certification survey that a hospice is in substantial compliance with a requirement, the department shall not be redundant by also reviewing the similar licensing or certification requirements.
(a) Each new and renewal application for a license under this chapter shall be accompanied by an annual Licensing and Certification Program fee set in accordance with Section 1266.
  (b) All hospices shall maintain compliance with the licensing requirements. These requirements shall not, however, prohibit the use of alternate concepts, methods, procedures, techniques, space, equipment, personnel qualifications, or the conducting of pilot projects, necessary for program flexibility. Program flexibility shall be carried out with provision for safe and adequate patient care and with prior written approval of the state department. A written request for program flexibility and substantiating evidence supporting the request shall be submitted by the applicant or licensee to the state department. The state department shall approve or deny the request within 60 days of submission. Approval shall be in writing and shall provide for the terms and conditions under which program flexibility is approved. A denial shall be in writing and shall specify the basis therefor. If after investigation the state department determines that a hospice using program flexibility pursuant to this section is operating in a manner contrary to the terms or conditions of the approval for program flexibility, the director shall immediately revoke that approval.
  (c) Each hospice shall, on or before March 15 of each year, file with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), upon forms furnished by OSHPD, a verified report for the preceding calendar year upon all matters requested by OSHPD. This report may include, but not be limited to, data pertaining to age of patients, diagnostic categories of patients, and number of visits by service provided.
(a) Upon an applicant's filing an application for licensure under this chapter and compliance with this chapter and the rules and regulations adopted by the state department under this chapter, the state department shall issue to the applicant a license to operate as a hospice. Any fees required pursuant to Section 1750 shall be paid before a license is issued. Licensure also may be denied by the state department as specified in Section 1755.
  (b) Each license issued under this chapter shall expire 24 months from the date of its issuance.
  (c) A biennial application for the renewal of a license, accompanied by any fee required pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1750, shall be filed with the state department no less than 30 days prior to the expiration date of the license. The failure to file an application for renewal within the time required by this subdivision shall result in the expiration of the license.