(a) The state department shall have the authority to contract for outside personnel to perform inspections of health facilities as the need arises. The state department, when feasible, shall contract with nonprofit, professional organizations which have demonstrated the ability to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The organizations shall include, but not be limited to, the California Medical Association Committee on Medical Staff Surveys and participants in the Consolidated Hospital Survey Program.
Quality of care inspections have been performed in recent years by the California Medical Association Committee on Staff Surveys and other organizations which have combined their efforts in the Consolidated Hospital Survey Program. It is the intent of the Legislature that these organizations or comparable organizations shall continue to perform these inspections by contract when sufficient manpower is available from the organizations to do so, unless the state department demonstrates that the inspections fail to assure compliance with the quality of care standards set by this chapter.
(b) If, pursuant to this section, the state department contracts with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals to perform all or any part of a quality of care inspection for a health facility specified in subdivision (a) of Section 1250, and if that health facility contracts with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals to perform an accreditation inspection and survey at the same time as the quality of care inspection, the health facility shall transmit to the state department, within 30 days of receipt, a copy of the final accreditation report of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals. However, if the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals conducts an accreditation inspection and survey at a health facility at a time other than the time at which, pursuant to this section, it participates in a quality of care inspection at that facility, then the health facility shall not be required to transmit a copy of the final accreditation report to the state department.
(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 992, Sec. 3.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018