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Licensing by clerical error: How the state’s mistake decided the course of two nursing homes

So reads the headline of a highly disturbing CalMatters article about the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issuing licenses by mistake to a nursing home operator it has found in other instances to be unfit. The August 19, 2021 article involves two Los Angeles area nursing homes – Country Villa South Convalescent Center and Country Villa Los Feliz Nursing Center – that have histories of poor care and, according to a CalMatters analysis, are in the top 4 percent of nursing homes statewide with the highest numbers of resident deaths due to COVID-19. Making matters worse, CDPH reaffirmed the licenses after learning of its clerical error, demonstrating once again that it is in the grasp of the nursing home industry.