Health Facilities State Enforcement Actions

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Health Care Quality, Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program licenses more than 30 types of healthcare facilities. The Electronic Licensing Management System (ELMS) is a CDPH data system created to manage state licensing-related data and enforcement actions.

The “Health Facilities’ State Enforcement Actions” dataset includes summary information for state enforcement actions (state citations or administrative penalties) issued to California healthcare facilities. This file, a sub-set of the ELMS system data, includes state enforcement actions that have been issued through December 31, 2017. Data are presented for each citation/penalty, and include information about the type of enforcement action, violation category, penalty amount, violation date, appeal status, and facility.

The “LTC Citation Narrative” dataset contains the full text of citations that were issued to long-term care (LTC) facilities between January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2017. DO NOT DOWNLOAD in Excel as this file has large blocks of text which may truncate. For example, Excel 2007 and later display, and allow up to, 32,767 characters in each cell, whereas earlier versions of Excel allow 32,767 characters, but only display the first 1,024 characters. Please refer to instructions in “E_Citation_Access_DB_How_To_Docs”, about how to download and view data.

These files enable providers and the public to identify facility non-compliance and quality issues. By making this information available, quality issues can be identified and addressed. Please refer to the background paper, “About Health Facilities’ State Enforcement Actions” for information regarding California state enforcement actions before using these data. Data dictionaries and data summary charts are also available.

This dataset updates every year

Data and Resources

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