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News Story
10/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians. Proposition 46 would raise the cap on pain-and-suffering awards in malpractice lawsuits and require that hospitals randomly test...
News Story
10/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters could make California the first state to require many doctors to submit to random drug and alcohol tests, a safeguard that has long been in place for pilots, police officers and others who must stay clear-eyed on the job. While supporters are promoting that aspect of Proposition 46, it is not the initiative’s most contentious...
News Story
10/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The battle over Proposition 46, the medical malpractice and drug testing initiative, has led to a deluge of TV and radio ads, mostly from the opposition. But although the fight on the airwaves may be the most visible element of the campaign, both sides are also using grassroots tactics to get their message out. The California Medical Assn. has...
News Release
10/20/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA – Today U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer stood with victims of medical negligence and families who lost their children to preventable medical error and called on California voters to support the patient safety protections in Proposition 46. Consumer Watchdog released the first Yes on 46 Spanish campaign advertisement, featuring...
News Release
10/17/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A victim of medical negligence at the hands of an Orange County doctor with a history of alcohol abuse, a physician and consumer advocates unveiled a new television ad for Yes on Prop 46 today, highlighting how Prop 46 will identify and deter physician substance abuse with random drug and alcohol testing. The ad pictures a...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Props 45, 46 Facing Tough Road Groups opposing California Proposition 45, which provides a mechanism to regulate rate hikes for health insurance, and Prop 46, which seeks to raise the cap on medical malpractice awards established in 1975, have raised millions and are using it on ads. Prop 45 requires health insurance companies to publicly disclose...
News Release
10/15/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MARIN, CA: In January 1990, Dr. Chiarottino’s license was placed on five years probation when the Medical Board found that he had falsely and dishonestly prescribed multiple controlled substances to himself. However, Dr. Chiarottino failed to comply with his probation terms and his license was revoked in September 1991. Eight years later, in...
News Release
10/14/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
BEVERLY HILLS, CA: As reported earlier this week by the Orange County Register, last Friday, October 10, 2014, the Medical Board revoked the license of Dr. Jan Adams, a doctor whose troubled practice was littered with incidents -- but he only made news when he operated on Donda West, the mother of celebrity Kanye West, the day before she died. In...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to this radio broadcast. Troy and Alana Pack had spent the day at their neighborhood Halloween party in Danville, a suburb of San Francisco. Ten-year-old Troy went as a baseball player, and 7-year-old Alana was a good witch. In the afternoon, they changed out of their costumes and set out for a walk with their mother....
News Story
10/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Of all the issues in Proposition 46, an omnibus measure on next month’s ballot aiming to improve patients’ rights in several health care areas, money is the one that counts most. The central question boils down to this: Should victims of medical malpractice and their lawyers get rich, or should malpractice insurance companies stay rich...