Calif. adopts strict rehab rules for medical workers

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

ProPublica reporters Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein have filed a report (Los Angeles Times version, ProPublica version) on the fallout from their work exposing failures in California’s nurse rehab program.

The state has adopted strict new rules governing drug abusers in the health care industry, requiring that those in the rehab program be tested more than 100 times in the first year, and pulling them from practice immediately should a relapse be detected.

In addition, public Web sites will now list any restrictions to their licenses, “easing the long-standing confidentiality protections that have shielded participants and kept their patients in the dark.”

1 thought on “Calif. adopts strict rehab rules for medical workers

  1. Diane Neville

    Has the program improved the outcomes for drug usage ???

    It is my belief that RN’s should have their licenses revoked for a min. of 5 years and then be re-evaluated for license.

    Too many nurses taking patients drugs!

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