CHA News Article

New Law Increases Fines for Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

The California Department of Public Health has released All Facilities Letter 17-28 notifying health facilities that a new law increases the maximum penalty to $75,000 for health facilities that are found to have discriminated or retaliated against patients, employees, medical staff or other health care workers for presenting a complaint against the facility or cooperating in an investigation of a facility. The law became effective Jan. 1. Questions should be directed to hospitals’ local Licensing and Certification district offices.