L.A. County Health Officials Grilled Over Nursing Home Inspections

Kaiser Health News staff writer Anna Gorman, working in collaboration with the Los Angeles Daily News, reports: "The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously ordered an audit Tuesday of how the public health department oversees nursing homes, after a news report revealed that managers told inspectors to close cases without fully investigating them. Expressing anger and shock, the supervisors summoned Department of Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding to the meeting to answer questions about the nursing home inspection process. During the heated discussion, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for the audit" (Gorman, 3/5). Read the story.

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