Calif. Agency Fines 14 Hospitals For Safety Breaches

Law360, New York (August 31, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The California Department of Public Health on Thursday fined 14 hospitals a total of $825,000 for breaches that caused or could have caused serious injury or death to patients.

Under a state law that took effect in 2009, hospitals are fined $50,000 for their first offense, $75,000 for their second, and $100,000 for their third or subsequent offenses. Offenses that took place before Jan. 1, 2009, received a fine of $25,000. The fines are administrative penalties for failing to comply with state licensing requirements — failures...
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