California Healthcare News

In Brief: Cedars-Sinai Receives Ebola Treatment Center Designation Premium Content
Jun 15, 2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has been named an Ebola treatment center by the California Department of Public Health. The CDPH has given Cedars-Sinai a $3.25 million federal grant to purchase equipment to support its work as an Ebola treatment center.
Labor Union Pushes For Hospital CEO Pay Cap Premium Content
Jun 15, 2016
The SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West is pushing to have an initiative put before California voters later this year to cap non-profit hospital CEO compensation and benefits at $450,000 a year...
State\'s Biggest Hospital Chains Systematically Bump Up Prices Premium Content
Jun 15, 2016
As healthcare consolidation accelerates nationwide, a new study shows that hospital prices in two of California’s largest health systems were 25 percent higher than at other hospitals around the state...
Anthem, DMHC Butt Heads Over Big Fine Premium Content
Jun 8, 2016
The health plan in California with by far the most number of regulatory fines appears ready to battle the Department of Managed Health Care over a $200,000 penalty the agency levied late last month.
In Brief: Huntington Hospital Linked To More Scope Deaths Premium Content
Jun 8, 2016
Huntington Hospital in Pasadena has been linked to as many as 11 patients who died after being infected with improperly sterilized duodenoscopes. A report issued by the City of Pasadena\'s Public Health Department linked...
In Brief: Gardens Regional Hospital Files For Bankruptcy Protection Premium Content
Jun 8, 2016
A Southern California hospital known for treating a large number of indigent and homeless patients has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The 137-bed Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, claiming more than...
Senate Rejects Doctor Disclosure Bill Premium Content
Jun 8, 2016
The state Senate last week rejected legislation that would have required medical practitioners to notify their patients if they were on probation for serious infractions. The bill’s supporters said consumers were ill-served by the Senate’s decision...
Hospitals, Patients May Not Be Prepared For New Aid-In-Dying Law Premium Content
Jun 1, 2016
A week from today, physician-assisted suicide will be legal to perform in California. But researchers have concluded that many providers...
VITALS: California Health Plan Total Enrollment as of 12/31/2015 Premium Content
Jun 1, 2016
California Health Plan Total Enrollment as of 12/31/2015
Feds Join Prime Healthcare Billing Suit Premium Content
Jun 1, 2016
The federal government late last month joined a civil false claims lawsuit against Prime Healthcare Services, accusing the Ontario-based hospital chain of engaging in questionable business practices intended to maximize its bottom line. The U.S. Justice Department...
In Brief: Kaiser Grants Another $6.2 Million For HEAL Initiatives Premium Content
Jun 1, 2016
Kaiser Permanente\'s Southern California division has invested an additional $6.2 million in its Healthy ...
In Brief: Stanford Children\'s Health Opens Up Specialty Services Center Premium Content
Jun 1, 2016
Stanford Children\'s Health has opened a new 80,000 square-foot specialty ...
Blue Shield of California Discloses Pay Of Top Execs Premium Content
Jun 1, 2016
Under pressure from consumer activists and other critics, Blue Shield of California has released compensation data for its top executives...
Community-Based Recovery Initiatives Take Hold Free
May 23, 2016
Every movement needs a champion, and in the largely rural counties of western North Carolina, Richie Tannerhill is a champion of the recovery-oriented care movement for people with mental health and substance abuse issues. Recovery-oriented care is founded on the belief that people with behavioral health problems need guideposts to help them find their own routes back to a productive life — that medication compliance and symptom control aren’t ultimate treatment goals.
Kansans Concerned About Rising Cost Of Healthcare Free
May 23, 2016
NPR, Harvard University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partnered to survey Americans last year about their perceptions of healthcare. Kansas was one of seven states — Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin were the others — singled out for a closer look. And the thing that stood out about Kansans was the degree of concern they expressed about the cost of healthcare.
States That Are Outliers In Death Rates Look Inward Free
May 23, 2016
Drinking is more likely to be the cause of death in much of the Southwest than in other parts of the country. In parts of Appalachia and New England, it’s a drug overdose. Suicide by gun stands out as disproportionately lethal in parts of the Upper Midwest and Alaska. Although the top causes of death are similar for most states, many states have their own peculiar hard cases —types of deaths whose rates are higher than the national norm, a Stateline analysis of 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
Asthma Study Illuminates Disparities Premium Content
May 18, 2016
When it comes to asthma research, apparently all bets are off when it comes to African-American children.
Dignity Part Of New Greenhealth GPO Premium Content
May 18, 2016
San Francisco-based Dignity Health is one of several major healthcare chains that has started up a group purchasing organization for providing environmentally friendly products to hospitals and other providers.
In Brief: Theranos Issues Thousands of Corrected Tests; Sharp Grossmont Admits Privacy Breach Premium Content
May 18, 2016

Theranos Issues Tens Of Thousands Of Corrected Tests

Palo Alto-based lab startup Theranos continued its descent into complete dysfunction by apparently issuing thousands of corrected laboratory tests, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.

DMHC Fines Aetna $125K For Denials Premium Content
May 18, 2016
Aetna Health of California was fined $125,000 last week by the Department of Managed Health Care for systematically denying payments for emergency care.

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