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State Auditor Cites DHS for Lax Nursing Home Oversight
On Thursday, April 12, the California State Auditor released an important report: Department of Health Services: Its Licensing and Certification Division Is Struggling to Meet State and Federal Oversight Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities.
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee sought the audit in March 2006 in response to a request from Senators Alquist, Ortiz and Cox. These senators expressed concern about serious oversight failures that were brought to their attention during special legislative hearings held in 2005. CANHR testified at those hearings and led the call for an audit.
The report documents many well-known problems with the DHS nursing home oversight system and presents several recommendations. It contains these findings:
Read the report at www.bsa.ca.gov.
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The following articles were published by the Sacramento Bee and Press-Enterprise.