New Bill Aims To Boost Oversight of Fertility Clinics in California
California Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Montclair) has introduced legislation that would classify fertility clinics as outpatient facilities, allowing the California Medical Board to regulate the clinics, the Whittier Daily News reports.
Reclassifying fertility clinics as outpatient facilities would put them under the jurisdiction of accreditation organizations that partner with the medical board to oversee medical facilities.
The legislation was spurred by the recent birth of octuplets in California, reportedly through in vitro fertilization.
Other Legislation?California Sen. Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) had contemplated introducing legislation addressing the issue. Aanestad's representatives said he has not decided if he will back Negrete McLeod's bill (Scruby, Whittier Daily News, 3/4). 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.