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4/22/2014
The University of California Board of Regents agreed to pay the former chair of UCLA’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery $10 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, sued UC regents and numerous UCLA doctors in 2012, claiming he suffered retaliation after making serious allegations about undisclosed money doctors...
News Release
4/16/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
News Release
4/10/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   A database at the New York Times...
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4/3/2014
A lawsuit brought by the family of Maria de Jesus Arroyo alleges that the 80-year-old grandmother woke in the morgue after being declared dead at White Memorial Medical Center. She struggled to escape before finally freezing to death, according to a pathologist who reviewed the case. In cases of negligence not involving wage loss or ongoing...
News Release
4/3/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – In another case of medical negligence almost too gruesome to believe, a hospital accused of letting a patient freeze to death in the morgue will never be held fully accountable because of a 38-year-old cap on malpractice damages in California. The cap that limits accountability for negligence in cases involving the death...
Feature
4/1/2014
By Mark Reback
Mara Douglas - Bonita, CA Mara Douglas was a devout Catholic, admired in her community for her selflessness and generosity of spirit. After raising three children, she was doting on her two grandchildren. Then her world collapsed. She fell into a medical nightmare and died of pancreatic cancer on January 26, just four months after her diagnosis....
News Release
3/31/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
SANTA MONICA, CA – The proponent of a ballot measure that would require doctors to undergo random drug testing called on the California Medical Board today to disclose the names of the 2,000 California physicians it has acknowledged have an active drug or alcohol addiction problem.   The Medical Board acknowledged that 1-2% of...
News Release
3/30/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
Los Angeles, CA -- United States Senator Barbara Boxer has endorsed the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a pending California ballot measure to modernize California’s patient safety laws.  The Pack Act promotes justice for patients and legal deterrence to wrongdoing by adjusting the state's malpractice cap to account for 38...
Video
3/30/2014
Is drug testing of doctors actually needed? An NBC Reality Check segment takes a closer look at a new measure aiming to curb drug and alcohol abuse by those you trust most. California doctors are not subject to random drug testing, however physicians are regularly being reprimanded with disciplinary action for abuse problems and impairment on the...
Feature
3/25/2014
By Carmen Balber
Tina Minasian - Sacramento, CA California for years allowed doctors who were arrested for drug and alcohol infractions, including DUI, to conceal these arrests from patients. Such doctors, even if convicted, entered a “diversion” program that allowed them to keep practicing even if they violated the terms of the five-year program, and...