CHA News Article

New CDPH Relicensing Survey Launches in March
CHA will host webinar Feb. 18

This March, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will launch its new general acute care hospital relicensing survey, which will merge California’s licensing requirements with elements of the Medication Error Reduction Plan and Patient Safety Licensing Surveys. As all facilities can expect to be surveyed every three years, it is important that hospitals understand the changes that were made, what to expect when a survey team visits and how to prepare in advance for the survey process.

“With this comprehensive new survey, it’s more important than ever for hospitals to know how to prepare and who to involve on their survey team. CDPH is shoring up its efforts to survey hospitals and is currently training surveyors on the new process,” said David Perrott, MD, DDS, CHA’s senior vice president and chief medical officer.

CHA will hold a webinar Feb. 18 from 9-11 a.m. that will provide member hospitals with the opportunity to hear directly from Patricia Dixon, RN, CDPH’s project lead for the new survey process and the training of state surveyors, as well as staff from CHA’s clinical services and legal teams.

Presenters will provide an overview of the new survey process and will review many key components of the survey process, including what information surveyors consider before arriving at the hospital, areas of concern and focus, patient sample size and selection, methods of investigation, when a state survey becomes a federal survey, administrative penalties and more. Resources to help hospitals properly prepare for a survey will also be covered.

All members of the hospital survey team are encouraged to participate; multiple staff can participate from one computer connection for one registration fee. For more information and to register, visit