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California Hospital Compliance Manual Updated for 2013
New chapter on hospital signage requirements

The California Hospital Compliance Manual has been updated to reflect changes through Jan. 1, 2013, to Medicare and Medi-Cal reimbursement requirements, including physician supervision, repeat admissions, same-day readmissions, leaves of absence and much more. The manual was updated by attorneys with Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, and Lois Richardson, CHA vice president, legal publications and education, under the direction of attorney Lloyd Bookman. New to the 2013 edition is Chapter 14, “Hospital Signage Requirements,” which describes 80 different state and federal signage requirements for California health facilities in a useful chart format. The chart contains the name of the required sign; who must comply; a description of the requirement; any signage requirements that specify where in the facility the sign must be posted; sign size, font size, or foreign language requirements in the law; and where to obtain each available sample sign.

This comprehensive manual features over 500 pages of key issues and laws that hospitals must address in an effective compliance program. Written specifically for California hospitals, it covers both state and federal laws and clarifies complex areas of compliance that are often misunderstood and can place hospitals at legal and financial risk. To order the manual and view a complete list of contents, visit www.calhospital.org/compliance.

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