Crackdown on Lapses in Patient Care Moves Through California Assembly: For the first time, state inspectors would be able to fine hospitals for problems. Recent scandals at transplant centers provide the impetus
California Los Angeles, CA - Spurred by hospital scandals, the state Legislature is considering granting new powers to California regulators — allowing them to fine hospitals up to $100,000 for serious lapses in patient care. The bill, currently on the Assembly floor, would bring hospitals in line with nursing homes and health plans, both of which can be fined under state law. The legislation also would give California's Department of Health Services the same authority as its counterparts in other large states, including New York, New Jersey and Texas, which can impose penalties for hospital violations.
August 26, 2006