California passes nation’s first bill requiring hospitals to keep a 45-day supply of PPE

September 2, 2020 / Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

The California state legislature this week passed the nation’s first law requiring healthcare facilities — including hospitals, medical groups, skilled nursing facilities and dialysis clinics — to maintain a 45-day supply of personal protective equipment at pandemic levels to be prepared for future healthcare emergencies.

The law also sets the stage for the state of California to create a 90-day supply of PPE for healthcare and other essential workers.

While the law was spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s meant to ensure that healthcare in the state doesn’t buckle under the weight of any future pandemics or public health crises.


The bill was conceived and backed by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and was sponsored by Sens. Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino). In addition to the 45-day requirement for healthcare facilities, the legislation also creates a state PPE advisory committee to guide California on the creation of a state stockpile of PPE and procurement guidelines to work toward a 90-day pandemic level supply for all essential workers. 


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Chris currently serves as President and CEO of Surgio Health. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience, with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help achieve better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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