Regulatory board fails to collect on fines

When a California regulatory board fines dentists for things like unsanitary conditions or failure to provide patient records during an investigation, it actually collects the money only about 20 percent of the time.

Christina Jewett of California Watch found that nugget, about the Dental Board of California, in a recent legislative report.

The state’s Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians collects about 80 percent of fines. California’s Board of Registered Nursing has, in the past, collected as little as 14 percent until ProPublica exposed problems with the board’s enforcement.

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