A settlement has been reached with an Arizona company that provides medical advice over the telephone.
The business, Company Nurse LLC, agreed to pay $200,000, according to a press release from Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully. The company provides medical advice services for numerous businesses and public entities in the state.
An investigation found that the company failed to register with a state telephone medical advice bureau and failed to ensure that those providing phone advice were registered nurses licensed in California, according to a press release.
After the investigation, the company came into compliance. Company Nurse agreed to pay $150,000 in civil penalties and $50,000 for costs of enforcement.
Sacramento County will receive $9,000 in costs and penalties. The civil law enforcement action was announced Friday by district attorneys in Sacramento, Monterey, Amador, San Joaquin and Yolo counties.
In a statement issued by Company Nurse, president Paul Binsfeld said the problem was found to be in a subcontractor and that his company "remain committed ... to abiding by all regulations."
"All of our nurses are licensed in the State of California and always have been. We were greatly disappointed to discover that, contrary to the contractual terms with our subcontractor, the subcontractor did not uphold the same staffing guidelines for state licensing; we ended our agreement with them two years ago," he said in the statement.