Published on August 17, 2013 at 5:56 AM
California Healthline: Amended Mid-Level Provider Bills OK'd
The Assembly Committee on Health this week passed two bills that would redefine the role of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and advanced pharmacists in the California health care system. SB 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and SB 494 by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) don't expand scope of practice, the authors of both bills said, in that mid-level practitioners and advanced pharmacists won't have new responsibilities, but they will be able to practice with a little more autonomy. The bills are an effort to address the looming access-to-care issue in California (Gorn, 8/15).
Los Angeles Times: 10 California Hospitals Fined A Total Of $675,000
Ten California hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, were slapped with fines Thursday totaling $675,000 because they failed to follow certain licensing requirements that "caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients." The fines ranged from $50,000 to $100,000, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health (Bloomekatz, 8/15).
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