The first time the state of California has levied fines...BD
State health officials fined nine California hospitals Thursday for infractions that put patients at imminent risk of injury or death, including a notorious case at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in May in which a woman died after writhing unattended on the floor of the emergency room lobby. Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, and Kaiser Foundation Hospital Santa Clara were among the hospitals fined. King-Harbor and one other hospital, Feather River Hospital in Paradise, were fined for two infractions each. Each fine is for $25,000, the most allowed under the first phase of a law that went into effect Jan. 1. The hospitals have 10 days to file a notice of appeal.
Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, which was fined for being unaware of a drug's possible adverse effects, issued a statement that said, "The state notified the hospital late in the day on March 20. . . that its practices did not conform with Medicare standards of participation. Overnight, the hospital developed a plan of corrective action which was accepted by the state the next morning at 9 a.m."