CHA News Article

New Law Increases Fines for Retaliation Against Whistleblowers
Does not apply to long-term health care facilities

The California Department of Public Health has released the attached All Facilities Letter 18-11, clarifying a new law that increases — from a maximum of $20,000 to a maximum of $75,000 — the fine for a health facility that discriminates or retaliates against a patient, employee or other health care worker for presenting a complaint against or cooperating in an investigation of the facility. This letter supersedes All Facilities Letter 17-28 and clarifies that the new law does not apply to long-term health care facilities.