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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

AFL 18-23
June 12, 2018

General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)

Request for Stakeholder Input in Amending GACH Surgical Service Regulations

All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary

The California Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ) is seeking assistance in amending GACH surgical service regulations under California Code of Regulations, Title 22, sections 70221 through 70229.

​CHCQ is seeking input from interested stakeholders as part of the regulation development process to ensure proposed regulations are consistent with other laws and regulations, modern hospital practices, and other relevant standards. CHCQ has begun the process of revising regulations governing GACHs under California Code of Regulations, Title 22. These GACH regulations include the following sections:

  • section 70221 Surgical Service Definition
  • section 70223 Surgical Service General Requirements
  • section 70225 Surgical Service Staff
  • section 70227 Surgical Service Equipment and Supplies
  • section 70229 Surgical Service Space

Instructions for Submitting Written Comments

Please submit your written comments by June 29, 2018 using the Written Comments Form. Stakeholders should provide the section number they are addressing, their name, the name of the organization they represent, and their comment or proposed text.


Please submit your response by email to, or you may also mail your comments to:
California Department of Public Health
Center for Health Care Quality
Attn: Regulations Unit, MS 3201
P.O. Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377


Original signed by Scott Vivona

Scott Vivona
Assistant Deputy Director


Attachment: Written Comments Form

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