Transplant programs could lose Medi-Cal funds

California's transplant program problems continue: Four California transplant programs may lose their Medi-Cal funding because they do not meet the state's minimum standards. This comes after three hospitals have already been ordered to shutter their programs during the last year. The hospitals in trouble include programs at the USC University Hospital in Los Angeles and the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and heart programs at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. The list of transgressions varies among the hospitals and includes performing too few transplants each year and having low survival rates. All four programs have until September 29th to explain how they will turn their programs around.

For more on the ongoing (and never-ending) story:
- read the Los Angeles Times article