California audit faults health officials’ handling of nursing home inspections
LA Daily News
California’s public health department has failed to adequately manage investigations of nursing homes statewide, resulting in a backlog of more than 11,000 complaints, many involving serious safety risks to patients, according to an audit released Thursday.
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In a response to the audit, state public health department director Ron Chapman pledged to increase supervision of the district offices, noting that the state already had made improvements to its oversight of Los Angeles County. But the department said that it did not agree with the auditor’s recommendation to set a firm timeline for finishing cases, saying instead that it would work to improve timeliness.