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Blog Posts

  • 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.

  • California Pharmacy Board Should Support Safer Medication Labels

    Guest blog post written by Syed Sayeed, Policy Analyst at Consumers Union’s West Coast Office. CU is calling on California residents to submit comments to the Pharmacy Board by March 10th, in support of requiring all pharmacies to print important label information in at least a 12-point font size.

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News Articles

  • 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.

  • CDPH Issues Penalties to Ten Hospitals
    Source: CDPH (Thursday August 15, 2013)

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued ten penalties today to California hospitals along with fines totaling $675,000 after investigations found the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

  • Initiative reduces hospital-acquired infections, savings lives and money
    Source: KPCC (Monday August 5, 2013)

    A three-year effort to reduce hospital-acquired infections has prevented more than 3,500 patient deaths and saved more than $60 million dollars, according to a report released Monday by the statewide collaborative Patient Safety First.

  • Report on CA Patient Safety First initiative to reduce medical errors
    Source: CA Patient Safety First (Thursday August 1, 2013)

    To address the critical issue of patient safety in hospitals, five key industry stakeholders came together in 2010 to develop and implement Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health (PSF).

  • Prison Sterilization Report Prompts Call For Inquiry In California
    Source: NPR (Thursday July 11, 2013)

    California lawmakers are calling for an investigation into allegations that 148 female prisoners underwent tubal ligation surgeries without the state’s required approval. Some inmates said they had been pressured into undergoing the sterilization procedure, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • Rocklin doctor's license suspended
    Source: Sacramento Business Journal (Thursday May 2, 2013)

    Rocklin doctor has license suspended after a court found that her practicing medicine “will endanger the public health, safety and welfare.”

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Research and Reports

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