Who Regulates and Oversees Health Care Facilities in California?

Josh Cothran

How is health care regulated in California? This tool shows how state agencies work to oversee the delivery of health care services and what information about oversight is available to the public.

May 2014

California state government is responsible for the regulation and oversight of health care facilities through multiple agencies, departments, boards, bureaus, and commissions. This interactive tool enables an in-depth understanding of what is regulated, how various entities work separately or together to oversee the facilities, and what information about such oversight is publicly available.

For the purposes of this tool, "facility" means inpatient and outpatient health care settings, health services such as hospice and home health care, and health care-related sites such as drug and medical device manufacturers and pharmacy wholesalers. "Facility" also includes facility designations — for example, the designation of a hospital as a trauma center or the issuance to a hospital of a certificate of registration for laboratory or radiology.

To compile the information in this tool, surveys were completed by state departments, boards, committees, and programs. Of 73 health care-related licensed facility categories, 68 completed surveys (93%) were received; these included surveys from the agencies for all 61 categories regulated by CHHS. (Eighty-seven categories of health professionals were also surveyed, but due to low response rates [48%], those responses are not included in the tool.)

For the complete roster of state entity contacts, see pages 25-31 of the companion report, Taking Inventory: A Framework for Understanding Health Care Regulation and Oversight in California.

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