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News Story
5/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nation's Biggest Health-Care Union and the State's Hospital Industry Will Use Fund to Improve State Medicaid System The nation's biggest health-care union and the California hospital industry said Tuesday they had reached a multiyear deal to create a $100 million fund to improve a state-run Medicaid system they say falls short on...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care. A new study in this month's Journal of the American Medical Assn. raised a red flag generally about university officials such as Eugene...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 1,000 physicians on the North Coast received upward of $114 million in Medicare payments in 2012, according a new federal database that gives consumers an unprecedented look inside their doctors' practices. The amount is part of $77 billion Medicare paid out to more than 880,000 doctors across the United States under the Medicare...
News Story
1/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Every year, thousands of patients around California fill out surveys, answering basic questions about their experiences with their doctors. Did he or she communicate well with the patient, explaining information and treatment options in a way that's easy to understand? Were you able to see the doctor within 15 minutes of your scheduled...
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – In a confidential email to hospital executives across California, the CEO of California’s hospital association Duane Dauner states the hospital lobby is poised to spend $60 million on its recently filed ballot measure for an “iron-clad protection initiative” that would make it “impossible for the...
News Story
12/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Union's filing of two ballot measures after talks stalled shows how the initiative process can be used as a weapon, critics say. SACRAMENTO — Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Assn., emailed the group's board in September with a warning: The leader of the state's largest healthcare workers' union had told him...