California reverses finding on movie fund

Charity didn't break law with nursing home transfers

The California Department of Public Health has reversed an earlier finding, saying that the Motion Picture and Television Fund did not break state law when it transferred dozens of residents out of its nursing home.

The previous ruling was that the charity had been at fault for not issuing to more than 30 residents 30-day notices informing them of their rights, including the right to appeal the relocation. In an appeal, fund administrators argued that the relocations were voluntary.

Now, the department has cleared the fund of any fault, according to the LA Times.
"We feel strongly vindicated," said CEO Bob Beitcher.

But the ruling reversal drew an angry response from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, which had filed the original complaint and charged the public health department with capitulating to pressure from the fund.
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