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Emergency department overcrowding bill stalls
Modern Healthcare

A bill crafted to curb dangerous overcrowding in California’s emergency departments died in the state Senate before it could reach the governor’s desk. The bill, introduced by state Assemblyman Ted Lieu, a Democrat, would have required all acute-care hospitals to assess crowding levels in their emergency departments every four to six hours using a scoring system that considers variables such as the number of boarded patients and average wait times. If passed, the legislation would have also mandated that hospitals implement set interventions for each stage of crowding.