Unprecedented Reporting Obligations Imposed On California Hospitals

Law360, New York (December 1, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- On September 29, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 1301, which affects hospitals’ licensure and creates unprecedented reporting obligations for hospitals and potential liability for substantial fines.

Four new Health and Safety Code sections, which become effective on July 1, 2007, mandate that hospitals report "adverse events"; that the Department of Health Services (the Department) investigate those reports within a set timeframe; and that the Department make the substantiated reports and the results of the investigations publicly available.

The new law is...
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