Safety Standards and Staffing Ratios: Amended Bill in California

06/08/2017 - California Senate Bill 349, which sets facility safety and standards and staffing ratios for certain health care professionals who provide services in settings where chronic dialysis services are provided, has been amended to include registered dietitians.

On May 26, the bill was amended to include registered dietitian nutritionists: "Commencing January 1, 2019, a chronic dialysis clinic shall ensure that a registered dietitian is not assigned more than 75 patients."

The Academy has been working with the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to improve this legislation for RDNs since February, when the bill was first introduced.