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Reform Update: Healthcare interests spending big in Calif. fight over premium regulation
By Paul Demko | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Normally, backers of a ballot initiative that polls show has support from 7 out of 10 registered voters could sit back and start planning their victory party. But that's not the case with California's health insurance-focused Proposition 45.
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Los Angeles goes after patient-dumping for a third time
By Bob Herman | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle allegations the 462-bed hospital dropped off a homeless patient on Los Angeles' Skid Row—a downtown district infamous for its homeless population.
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In response to Prime lawsuit, SEIU goes on the attack
By Beth Kutscher | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
(Updated at 10:45 p.m. ET) The Service Employees International Union-Healthcare Workers West is stepping up its campaign to block the sale of Daughters of Charity Health System to Prime Healthcare Services, which is accusing the union of racketeering and extortion.
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Sharp HealthCare ACO drops out of Medicare's Pioneer program
By Bob Herman | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Another Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization has exited the program, renewing questions about its long-term sustainability. Sharp HealthCare, a five-hospital system in San Diego, said in its third-quarter financial statement that it dropped out of the Pioneer ACO program.
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City of Hope grapples with higher expenses, ends Providence partnership talks
By Beth Kutscher | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
City of Hope, the not-for-profit comprehensive cancer center, reported that smaller gifts and an increase in its expenses led to a tighter operating margin in the first nine months of its fiscal 2014, which ends Sept. 30.
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California to post doctor discipline data online indefinitely
By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal | August 26, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires the Medical Board of California to post public information on serious disciplinary action against doctors online indefinitely.
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Medical marijuana laws tied to fewer drug overdose deaths
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have enacted laws allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana have lower annual rates of drug overdose death than do states without such laws, according to a study.
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Records of more than 6,000 patients taken from California hospital
By Times of San Diego | August 25, 2014
The hospital records of approximately 6,500 patients were removed without authorization from the premises of Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., on Aug. 8, the hospital announced. A former employee took emergency department logs of patients who had been admitted to the hospital or...
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California: Insurers must cover elective abortions
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.
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