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DPH Takes Down HFCIS Website


In April 2019, the Department of Public Health (DPH) took down its Health Facilities Consumer Information System (HFCIS) website, which gave the public some information on the performance of licensed health facilities, including nursing homes. It has replaced it with Cal Health Find, which it launched in early 2018 and has been evolving since then. DPH also launched a new State Enforcement Actions Dashboard that gives information on nursing home citation trends and includes links to each citation that has been issued since 2015. The site shows a large increase in the number of citations being issued to skilled nursing facilities, which grew from 335 in 2015 to 622 citations in 2018, another sign that it is a dangerous time to live in a California nursing home.