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The law is the law--and for good reason

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Regarding the Hodin cartoon in the Sept. 4 issue of New Times: The California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program makes patient safety its No. 1 priority. The Licensing and Certification Program (L&C) enforces state and federal laws and regulations to ensure that patients receive appropriate care. Understanding that every patient is unique, it is important that providers offer consistent application of the law to ensure the highest level of care and patient safety. It is when the laws are broken that tragedy can strike and patients are at risk of harm or even death.

The L&C survey process and enforcement efforts protect patients in a variety of care settings, even when there is no deliberate intent to cause harm. The De Groot’s Nursing Home Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) has been cited repeatedly for compliance issues including facility staffing, active treatment for clients, physical environment related to infection control and privacy for clients, and governing body and management of the facility.

We await an acceptable plan of correction from the facility outlining how they will come back into compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Until L&C receives cooperation from the facility and assurances that patients will be appropriately cared for, the facility is at risk of losing its Medicaid certification and license.

Jean Iacino is the Interim Deputy Director of the CDPH Center for Health Care Quality.

-- Jean Iacino - Sacramento

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