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18 Hospitals Fined by State

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Earlier this month, the FBI raided three local hospitals for alleged Medicare fraud. Then yesterday, the state fined eighteen hospitals $25,000 each "for state health code violations in which patients died from various mishaps such as an improperly inserted tube and a ventilator that wasn't turned on," according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "Other violations include surgical tools left inside patients after surgery."

LA County-USC Medical Center was fined for not providing enough nursing staff for a suicide watch and meeting the needs for a patient. At Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, inaccurate tissue specimen labels led to an unnecessary surgery for a patient, resulting a delay for the actual patient. They also did not provide "screening examinations and stabilizing medical care and treatment in a timely manner for two patients" in the emergency department.

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Other hospitals fined were in Riverside, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Palm Springs San Pablo, Fountain Valley, La Mesa, Newport Beach, Fresno, Los Alamitos, Poway and San Diego.