Nurse-Ratio Penalty Rules Expected in 2013, DPH Says
On Tuesday, state Department of Public Health spokesperson Ralph Montano said he expects the agency to complete in 2013 regulations on administrative penalties for violations of the state's nurse-to-patient ratio law. The rules are six years overdue. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill (SB 1246), by Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), that would have eliminated a requirement that DPH issue the regulations, but require the department to check for compliance during routine hospital checks.
- "No Nurse-Ratio Penalties Like no Penalties for Speeding" (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 10/3).