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News Story
11/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication. Drugging Our Kids Read the Bay Area News Group investigation about psychiatric drugs...
News Release
11/21/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following a report that thousands of medical errors were reported by California’s hospitals in the last four years, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown and state health regulators to audit hospitals for failures to report many instances of patient harm and for full public disclosure of these events. “…...
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 Story
10/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. this week agreed to one of the largest ever anti-kickback settlements in the U.S. But even a $350 million penalty isn’t enough to satisfy Jamie Court’s sense of justice. The president of Consumer Watchdog wants to hold accountable the kidney doctors who bought ownership stakes in DaVita dialysis clinics...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
DALLAS (AP) — Diplomas from outstanding medical schools. Records free of discipline. A team trusted by a president. For all the strengths of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola patient walked through its seemingly weakest link: the emergency room. Presbyterian met or exceeded 75 percent of 138 specific...
News Story
6/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On a leaked internal call, an SEIU leader pledges to boost criticism of holdouts. Shortly after reaching a truce with much of the hospital industry last month, California's largest healthcare union vowed to step up its criticism of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and two hospital chains that balked at the agreement. On an internal conference call...
News Story
6/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. The informal partnership between one of California’s leading healthcare unions and the California Hospital Association has drawn mixed reviews, with some praising the deal between the traditional adversaries, and others saying the union is getting too cozy with management. The...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
he arthritis in Jill Smith's knees can make walking unbearable. So she receives injections of an expensive pain medicine called Orthovisc once or twice a year. It's not that Smith, 58, of Pacific Palisades, has problems with the $200 fee that her doctor at the Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group charges each time she comes...
News Story
5/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As more people switch to health insurance policies with high deductibles in an effort to reduce their premiums, some hospitals around the country are asking patients undergoing elective procedures to pay more at the time of service rather than waiting to collect what they are owed. The reason, apparently, is that more patients are unable to pay...
News Story
5/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
At least five big questions remain about the secret deal announced with fanfare Tuesday between California hospitals and the largest health care union in the state. The California Hospital Association and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West heralded a “visionary agreement” to work together to address...