More Transplant Centers Under Federal Investigation
Four more organ transplant centers in California have been accused of violating federal policies, increasing this year's list to more than a quarter of the state's 25 transplant centers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
California is the only state with transplant centers that have been publicly disciplined by the United Network for Organ Sharing, a federal contractor. According to a confidential UNOS report, infractions ranged from errors in record keeping to patient care violations.
The four hospitals cited in the report are:
- Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco;
- University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center;
- UC-San Diego Medical Center; and
- USC University Hospital.
UNOS took action against three transplant programs earlier in 2006 (Weber/Ornstein, Los Angeles Times, 11/14). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.