According to Title 22 a skilled professional (aka a licensed professional (Title 22 §87101(l)(2), or medical professional (Title 22, §87101(m)(1)) refers to a person licensed in California to provide medical care or therapy, or to perform necessary medical procedures, each acting within their individual scope of practice. This includes:
- Physicians/surgeons/physician's assistants,
- RNs/LVNs/Nurse practitioners,
- Physical/occupational/respiratory therapists,
- Psychiatric technicians, etc.
RCFEs are non-medical facilities and are not required to have appropriately skilled professionals on-staff. However, there are stipulations in the regulations that certain types of care can only be provided by appropriately skilled professionals (i.e. administering medications, injections, oxygen, etc.) if the resident is unable to provide the care himself.
CARR advocates that consumers closely review a resident's current and potential care needs in conjunction with what types of care the RCFE can provide, consistent with Title 22 regulations.