Dr. Hallisy is committed to and passionate about the subjects of patient safety, health care reform and medical error reduction. Her personal and professional goals include working diligently to help give patients a voice in healthcare solutions.
State Disclosure Reports
- Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) in California Hospitals, 2011
- California Hospital Infection Reports
Consumers Union Documents
- Consumers Union Comments on California Proposed Regulations on Hospital Fines
Comments from Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and Nile’s Project to the California Department of Public Health on the proposed regulations on hospital administrative penalties, specifically focusing on fines assessed due to a hospital’s noncompliance with laws that has caused or is likely to cause serious injury or death to a patient. CA’s proposed regulations leave several gaps in effectively implementing these fines and we urge that they be revised to provide clarity and to more appropriately fine the worst violators.
- Consumers Union Opposition Letter and Patient Statements regarding SB 1483 Impaired Physicians
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project opposes SB 1483 (Steinberg), which would establish a costly and unnecessary government entity to serve as a substance abuse and mental health treatment referral service for physicians, who are well-equipped to find their own therapy services, while leaving patients uninformed and unprotected.
- Consumers Union Letter to CA’s Governor Brown Regarding: Request for executive action to require that the Medical Board of California provide teleconference participation in its public meetings
Consumers Union letter to CA’s Governor Brown: We are concerned about poor consumer access to Medical Board of California (MBC) meetings and request that you take executive action to require that the MBC make all of its public meetings available for interactive public participation through teleconferencing.
- Letter to CA’s Governor Brown re: Gubernatorial appointments of public members to the Medical Board of California
Consumers Union and other CA consumer groups send a letter to CA’s Governor Brown about the need to appoint public members to the vacant seats on the Medical Board of California (MBC). A number of patient safety issues deserve the attention of a full and balanced MBC.
- Consumers Union Letter to Medical Board of California Members
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and CA patient safety advocates send a letter to members of the Medical Board of California (MBC) regarding issues affecting consumers, such as: better access to medical board meetings; MBC’s confusing statute of limitations information for filing complaints; and MBC’s responsibilities related to outpatient settings.
- Testimony of Elizabeth M. Imholz, Consumers Union Special Projects Director before CA Senate Health Committee
Stopping the occurrence of medical harm
- Testimony of advocate Carole Moss before CA Senate Health Committee
Testimony of Carole Moss to the Oversight Hearing on October 20, 2010 to California Department of Public Health concerning Implementation of Hospital Patient Safety Legislation.
- CU testifies at Senate hearing about California’s lax enforcement of patient safety laws
Testimony of Elizabeth M. Imholz, Special Projects Director; Consumers Union before California Senate Health Committee; October 20, 2010
- Spreading Germs: Low Rates of Flu Vaccination Among California Healthcare Workers Put Patients at Risk (PDF)
Consumers Union Report shows California Department of Public Health is falling behind on collecting and publishing dangerously low vaccination rates to the public.
- Medical Board Notice to Consumers Regulation
The Medical Board regulation requiring physicians to have a notice for patients with the Medical Board contact information has been approved. It goes into effect on June 27th. Medical Board of California (April 2010)
Consumers Union News Releases
- California Medical Board reforms needed
Monday, March 11, 2013 Consumers Union Urges California to Adopt Medical Board Reforms to Improve Oversight of Centers and Problem Physicians State Lawmakers Begin Sunset Review of the Medical Board of California SACRAMENTO, CA – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, urged state lawmakers today to implement a number of Continue Reading
- California Issues Report Detailing Hospital Infection Rates For 2011
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a number of reports today updating hospital infection rates for hospitals throughout the state during 2011. All California hospitals are required to publicly report patient infection data as a result of a 2008 state law that aims to encourage hospitals to improve efforts to prevent infections.
- California Releases New Report on Hospital Infection Rates
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued its annual report today detailing patient infection rates at hospitals across the state. The report publishes the rates for a wide variety of infections at California hospitals and helps to establish California as a leader among states for disclosing such patient safety data, according to Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.
- Patient Safety Activists To Rally Outside San Francisco Court House
California Hospital Association’s Suit Seeks to Undermine Effort to Make Surgical Infection Data Available to the Public.
- California Issues Reports on Hospital-Acquired Infections
The reports provide a first glimpse at Hospital Infection Rates. Consumers Union press release recommending the state work harder to ensure the data is accurate and provided in a format consumers can easily view and understand.
- California’s Enforcement of Patient Safety Laws Still Lagging
The California Department of Public Health has been slow to implement a number of key provisions of medical error public reporting.
- Report Finds That Only Half of California Hospital Workers Got Flu Vaccine
Report Finds That Only Half of California Hospital Workers Got Flu Vaccine
- Consumers Union Finds Slow Progress on Patient Safety in California
California Department of Public Health Has Failed to Carry Out Key Requirements of Recent Patient Safety Laws
- California advocates voice concerns at medical board meeting
This month, California advocates worked with CU to voice safety concerns at the California Medical Board meeting. We testified on several issues that affect the public and transparency…
- California advocate featured in LA Times on how to research your doctor
Michele Monserratt-Ramos, member of CU’s California Safe Patient Network, was featured in a February 9 Los Angeles Times article on how to research your doctor. Michele has been active on patient safety issues since the tragic death of her husband-to-be, Lloyd Monserratt.
- California activists urge lawmakers to reform California Medical Board
In March 2013, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project organized a small but powerful gathering of eight California consumer advocates in Sacramento to discuss patient safety issues related to California’s medical board sunset review process, hospital infections, and more. One advocate who attended, Alicia Cole, sent a terrific email about the meeting that we decided to post it as a guest blog.
- California Releases New Report on Hospital Infection Rates
A report by the California Department of Public Health, makes California a national leader on public reporting of infections.
- Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting
Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.
- Consumers win on reporting surgical infection rates in CA
Last week, California hospitals lost their bid to avoid reporting their infection rates to the public. A California judge upheld a 2008 state law – one of the strongest in the nation – that calls on hospitals to report infections occurring from a broad array of surgeries.
- If you’re in the San Diego area tomorrow, meet us at the Empowered Patient training
On Saturday, October 9, the Empowered Patient Coalition along with Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and AARP California will be holding a special training in San Diego for patients and caregivers on how to stay safe in the hospital.
- A Shot In The Dark: Not Enough California Healthcare Workers are Getting Flu Shots
It’s the start of flu season and you might be worried about the spread of germs. We’re worried too. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project released a report today that found nearly half of all hospital workers in California didn’t get flu shots during the 2008-2009 flu season.
- Let’s talk about labels
A bill in California (SB 1390) would create a minimum of 12-point font for the most crucial information on medication labels and would require translation of medication label information into commonly used non-English languages.
- California Moving Too Slow On Patient Safety Progress
Since 2006, California lawmakers have passed laws to improve patient safety, yet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been moving at turtle speed to enforce these laws.
- 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.
- Fullerton hospital fined $100,000 for removing wrong kidney from cancer patient Source: KPCC (Thursday August 15, 2013)
St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., has been fined for removing the wrong kidney from a cancer patient. Nine other California hospitals were fined for similar actions that put patient safety in jeopardy.
Research and Reports
- Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Big Business, Little Data Source: California Healthcare Foundation (Thursday June 13, 2013)
California HealthCare Foundation Report: A growing number of Californians are being sent to ambulatory surgery centers for a wide variety of procedures, yet little is known about the care they deliver because reporting is not required.
- California Medical Board videos Source: YouTube (Wednesday December 12, 2012)
CA medical board meetings on YouTube.
- RECALL: Methylprednisolone Acetate Injections Related to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Source: California Department of Public Health (Monday October 15, 2012)
CDPH received a list of the recalled methylprednisolone acetate lots shipped to California facilities on September 28, 2012, and immediately notified the three local health jurisdictions where the lots had been received, including the names of the four facilities in those jurisdictions that may have administered the recalled medication. The facilities are in the process of notifying affected patients under the oversight of local health departments. No related cases of meningitis have been identified to date in California. Nationally, the illness has only been associated with one of the three lots that were initially recalled, and all of the California facilities that were identified as recipients have already been notified.
- California Joint Replacement Registry Source: California Joint Replacement Registry (Tuesday August 7, 2012)
The California Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR) is an effort by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), and the California Orthopaedic Association (COA) to collect and share information about hip and knee replacement surgeries performed in the state.
- Medical Board of California Complaint Brochure Source: Medical Board of California (Friday June 1, 2012)
“How Complaints are Handled” brochure by the California medical board
- Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel In California General Acute Care Hospitals For The 2010-11 Respiratory Season
California Department of Public Health: 60.4% of California healthcare workers got vaccinated during the 2010-2011 flu season.
- Consumers' Priorities for Hospital Quality Improvement and Implications for Public Reporting
Report by the Center for Healthcare Decisions describes consumer perceptions of health care quality and provides new insights for those involved in public reporting.
- California HealthCare Foundation: Hospital-Acquired Infections
California HealthCare Foundation articles on hospital-acquired infections.
- CA Medical Board: Board and Committee Meetings
Link to find out about the CA medical board meetings, agendas, and webcasts of past quarterly meetings.
- CDPH ISSUES ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES TO 12 HOSPITALS
“The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that 12 California hospitals have been assessed 14 administrative penalties after a determination that the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements has caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.”