Meeting California Training Requirements for Healthcare

Hira Rashid, Ph.D.
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California is known for its progressive politics with a strong emphasis on social justice, environmental issues, and diverse representation. These unique characteristics influence required California training for healthcare professionals. For example, California requires all employers of five or more employees to provide training to supervisory (two hours of training) and nonsupervisory employees (one hours of training) on sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention. California also requires all individuals who are considered mandated reporters under California law to receive training. Domestic violence training is required based on licensing.

MedTrainer’s healthcare policy experts often conduct state analyses of training requirements to share with customers. Included in this blog post are the results of an audit on California requirements. This list should be used as a guide and does not replace your own comprehensive analysis. 

What Is Required for California Compliance Training?

Healthcare compliance training is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Requirements vary by care setting (industry), employee role, a risk assessment, and more. 

The list below includes California compliance training requirements for most clinical roles:

  • Combating Medicare Parts C and D Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (CMS, required if provider participates)
  • Documentation Standards for Medical Records (CMS, required if provider participates)
  • Understanding and Applying CMS Regulations for Use of Restraints (CMS, required if provider participates)
  • The Rights of the Individual and Person Centered Care Across the Continuum (CMS, required if provider participates)
  • Identification and Reporting of Critical Incidents (CMS)
  • Corporate Compliance – Conflict of Interest in Healthcare
  • Corporate Compliance – Identifying Misconduct and Effective Discipline
  • Corporate Compliance Framework and Essentials
  • DEI – Overview of Cultural Competency (California)
  • DEI – The Importance of Cultural Competency in Healthcare (California)
  • Cybersecurity Training and Awareness (HIPAA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule
  • HIPAA Security Rule
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • CPR and Basic Life Support (determined by licensing)
  • Airborne and Droplet Diseases (OSHA)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
  • Confined Spaces (OSHA)
  • Disaster Preparedness (OSHA)
  • Ergonomics and Injury Prevention (OSHA)
  • Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Types (OSHA)
  • General Safety Orientation (OSHA)
  • Preventing Needlesticks and Other Sharps Injuries (OSHA)
  • Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers (OSHA)
  • California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training for Medical Professionals (California)
  • Unlawful Harassment (California)

What To Look for in Healthcare Compliance Courses

Identifying California training required for healthcare compliance is complicated, plus regulations and standards frequently change. Here’s what you should look for when selecting healthcare compliance courses:

  • Healthcare-Specific Content: Scenario-based training is required in many states and it is also one of the most effective ways to learn. Be sure that the courses your staff are taking use healthcare scenarios to keep employees engaged and offer the best training.
  • Continuing Education: It is a considerable benefit to clinicians when healthcare organizations offer CE (continuing education) credits at no cost. These courses are required to maintain licensure and can often be very expensive. It’s even possible to offer courses that meet regulatory requirements and qualify for CE. Look for libraries that provide CE courses accepted by state boards and nationally recognized organizations, including:
  • Diverse Course Blend: Choose classes created by instructional designers and subject matter experts versed in evidence-based course creation. Provide required and often hard-to-find CE courses for licensed employees.
  • Role-Specific Training: Don’t assign the same training to all employees. Regulatory agencies require different training based on the healthcare worker’s role, so you should also assign training by role and care setting.
  • Meeting Multiple Standards: Compliance training courses that meet multiple standards are a win-win for organizations and employees. For example, choose a disaster preparedness course that meets the OSHA and CMS emergency preparedness standards instead of requiring employees to take two separate classes.
  • Go Digital: Digital platforms enhance compliance training through cloud-based access, mobile learning, and automatically updated courses. Compliance training administrators can significantly improve efficiency using automated course completion reminders, scheduled reporting, and streamlined new hire onboarding with just one click.

Benefits of Implementing a Healthcare LMS

Healthcare training software has transformed how healthcare professionals learn, practice, and refine their skills. Choosing a platform built for healthcare’s unique challenges will offer numerous advantages that enhance the learning experience and patient care outcomes. 

  • Accessibility: Healthcare professionals have busy and often unpredictable schedules, so choosing a platform with online classes and the ability to pause and restart is critical for these employees. 
  • Continuous Updates: Top healthcare training software companies rely on subject matter experts to continuously update courses to include the latest research findings, treatment methodologies, and healthcare regulations.
  • Automatic Tracking: Since healthcare organizations must be able to show regulatory and accreditation agencies proof of course completion, automated tracking is critical. 
  • Time Savings: Compliance professionals can dedicate more time to proactive risk management without the burden of manual training programs. Download this guide to calculate your potential savings.
  • Cost Savings: Save money when you no longer pause appointments for in-person training, purchase materials, or have an already busy employee track down appropriate training.
  • Scalability: A healthcare LMS can easily accommodate growing numbers of learners without significant additional costs, making it suitable for large healthcare organizations and institutions.

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