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  • Addicted-doctors bill dies in committee -- and good riddance
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Friday May 23, 2014)

    A bad bill in CA that would have resurrected the “doctor diversion” program has been stopped in its tracks. CA patient safety activists had a lot to do with that!

  • Former hospital owner will say he bribed senator
    Source: UT San Diego (Friday February 21, 2014)

    “LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients was charged Friday with health care fraud in a $500 million scheme to defraud workers’ compensation insurance providers with the help of a California state senator.”

  • Former Owner of Long Beach Hospital Charged in Health Care Fraud Scheme That Paid Tens of Millions of Dollars in Kickbacks for Referrals for Spinal Surgeries Billed to Workers’ Comp Programs
    Source: FBI (Friday February 21, 2014)

    FBI: “The former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach was charged today in a long-running health care fraud scheme that involved tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks in exchange for referrals of thousands of patients who received spinal surgeries.”

  • How to research your doctor's ratings and record
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Sunday February 9, 2014)

    Where can California consumers go to find information about their doctors? Patient safety advocate Michele Monserratt-Ramos, a member of Consumers Union’s activist network, said consumers should look beyond a doctor’s resume and investigate civil and criminal records, although some important information isn’t available to the public. Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center Director, Dr. John Santa, said to be wary of doctor rating websites that rely on a small sample of patients.

  • DPH Issues Nearly $300K in Penalties to Five California Hospitals for Undisclosed Reasons
    Source: California Healthline (Friday February 7, 2014)

    Why did the California Department of Public Health issue fines against five California hospitals? The public would like to know.

  • Hospital-Acquired Infections Decreased in Calif. Hospitals, Data Show
    Source: California Healthline (Thursday December 5, 2013)

    “The number of hospital-acquired infections reported at California health care facilities dropped slightly from 2011 to 2012, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health, Payers & Providers reports.”

  • Report: California Earns 'C' Grade for Physician Quality Data
    Source: California Healthline (Tuesday December 10, 2013)

    California has received a “C” grade for the accessibility of data on physician quality, according to a national report released Tuesday by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Kaiser Health News’ “Capsules” reports.

  • Carole Moss on Huffington Post Live: How To Stop Hospitals From Killing Us
    Source: Huffington Post Live (Tuesday December 3, 2013)

    Hear CA advocate Carole Moss, who founded Nile’s Project, discuss “how to stop hospitals from killing us.”

  • Medical board suspends doctor faulted in Lap-Band surgery death
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday August 22, 2013)

    The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of an anesthesiologist faulted in the care of a patient who died after weight-loss surgery at a clinic tied to the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign.

  • Lap-Band surgery center tied to 1-800-GET-THIN loses accreditation
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Wednesday August 21, 2013)

    Following patient deaths, a Beverly Hills lap-band outpatient surgery center has lost its accreditation, which under California law, prohibits the center from performing surgeries on patients under general anesthesia. The operators of these lap-band surgery centers have disciplinary records with the California Medical Board and face a joint criminal investigation involving both state and federal law enforcement agencies.

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