Outpatient Surgery Adverse Events Reporting Requirements Changed in California

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently signed a bill into law that requires accredited outpatient surgery centers to report adverse events to the Medical Board of California, according to a report from the California Ambulatory Surgery Association.

The new law took effect on Jan. 1 and is a change from the previous reporting requirements, which required adverse events in accredited outpatient settings be reported to the California Department of Public Health.

Now accredited outpatient surgery setting adverse events must be reported within five days of the event detection or within 24 hours after an adverse event that is an ongoing urgent or emergent threat to the welfare, health or safety of the patient, personnel or visitors.

The Medical Board of California could assess a feel of $100 or less for each day an adverse event is not reported following the initial reporting period.

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