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News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog is calling for government officials to audit ten California hospitals recently fined for errors that placed their patients in “immediate jeopardy” of serious injury or death, including John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. The California Department of Public Health last week penalized...
News Release
1/30/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog today called upon California State Senator Richard Pan to introduce legislation addressing the ongoing problem of drug- and alcohol-abusing physicians in California emergency rooms. Pan has announced legislation that would regulate how hospitals treat intoxicated patients. “If you truly want to protect...
News Release
1/15/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Bob Pack, who helped develop CURES, California’s prescription drug database, today called upon the California Medical Board to support mandatory checking of the database after a substance-abusing Los Angeles doctor was arrested last week on charges of narcotics trafficking. If pharmacists were required to check the database...
News Story
12/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the state's cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, Modern Healthcare reports. Background on Cap Under California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act -- or MICRA -- pain-and-suffering damages are limited...
News Release
11/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: The California Supreme Court said today it will review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases in Hughes v. Pham. Last week, Consumer Watchdog wrote an amicus letter asking the Court to review Hughes and overturn this decades-old injustice. Read the...
News Release
11/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following a report that prescription drug manufacturers have paid or spent more than $14 million to doctors who prescribe drugs to children in California’s foster care system, Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to expand an investigation into doctors who prescribed dangerous and unapproved psychotropic...
News Release
11/20/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog has joined the plaintiffs in Hughes v. Pham in asking that the California Supreme Court review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases. Even though a jury awarded the injured plaintiff millions in noneconomic damages for his permanent...
Video
11/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Stephen Stock, Julie Putnam, Jeremy Carroll and Scott Pham of NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit dig up state records on medical mistakes or “adverse events” in California hospitals. Medical mistakes, or “adverse events” are the leading cause of death in the US after heart attacks and cancer. According to a new study...
News Release
11/11/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Doctors are charging Medicare millions for apparently unnecessary tests of seniors for illegal drugs like cocaine and PCP according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Medicare payment data. A San Diego company, Millennium Laboratories, was paid $190 million from Medicare in 2012 including $4.5 million for PCP tests, more...
News Story
11/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The most disturbing trend in the financing of American political campaigns is not the magnitude of the money being spent. It’s that more and more of that money is not going through the campaigns themselves — where donations must be disclosed and limited — but from nonprofit groups that are being set up for the express purpose of...