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January 22, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Nearly 20% of patients who are discharged from hospitals return for acute care within 30 days, researchers reported Tuesday. The team, led by Yale emergency medicine researcher Dr. Anita A. Vashi, scoured records collected between July 2008 and September 2009 that reported on 4,028,555 patients in California, Florida and Nebraska. They found that 17.9% of hospitalizations resulted in at least one hospital-based “acute care encounter” within 30 days, including readmissions for inpatient care and emergency department visits.
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BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
A major California hospital chain, Sutter Health, agreed to pay $46 million and disclose more pricing information to consumers to resolve a whistle-blower complaint alleging false and misleading charges for anesthesia. Sutter Health, which runs 24 acute-care hospitals in Northern California, said it reached the settlement Monday just prior to a trial starting this month over the allegations that it added thousands of dollars for "Code 37x" anesthesia charges that were already covered by other billing for the hospital operating room.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999
Dramatizing a countywide nursing shortage, St. John's Regional Medical Center is closing one of its acute care wings because it can no longer afford to hire expensive substitute nurses. Hospital officials also said Wednesday that it will raise the pay of its critical care nurses by 24%, an increase that could ignite a bidding war for nurses with other county hospitals.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Nearly 20% of patients who are discharged from hospitals return for acute care within 30 days, researchers reported Tuesday. The team, led by Yale emergency medicine researcher Dr. Anita A. Vashi, scoured records collected between July 2008 and September 2009 that reported on 4,028,555 patients in California, Florida and Nebraska. They found that 17.9% of hospitalizations resulted in at least one hospital-based “acute care encounter” within 30 days, including readmissions for inpatient care and emergency department visits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1988 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN and LINDA ROACH MONROE, Times Staff Writers
National Medical Enterprises, owner of the ailing San Diego Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, intends to sell the hospital to a company that would maintain it as a full-service, acute-care facility with an emergency room, San Diego City Councilman Wes Pratt said Thursday.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1985
John Westerman has been named president and chief executive of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles. Edward M. Benson Jr. continues as chairman of the board of trustees of the 411-bed acute-care hospital.
NEWS
October 22, 1987
Bay Harbor Hospital has been awarded a three-year Certificate of Accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The accreditation is based on nationally accepted standards for quality health care. Bay Harbor is a 150-bed acute-care facility at 1437 W. Lomita Blvd. in Harbor City.
NEWS
April 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Former CIA Director William J. Casey was in critical condition Sunday at a suburban New York hospital where he had been admitted the day before for treatment of pneumonia, a spokeswoman said. Casey, who underwent surgery for brain cancer in December, was admitted at about 2 p.m. Saturday to the intensive-care unit at Glen Cove Community Hospital, a private acute-care facility on Long Island, according to hospital spokeswoman Joan Bass.
NEWS
June 18, 1986
Health officials are sending terminal AIDS patients to expensive state acute-care hospitals because California's 1,200 nursing homes are refusing to admit them. Sacramento physician Dr. Donald ReVille, president of the American Medical Directors Assn., said, "It would be a very rare facility that would have an AIDS patient at the present time." The group represents medical directors of nursing homes.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
After the collapse of a deal with hospital chain Providence Health & Services, officials from the Motion Picture & Television Fund are close to finalizing an agreement with another national healthcare provider that would keep Hollywood's most famous nursing home afloat. In February, the fund announced that it had reached an agreement with Providence to manage the hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills. But the arrangement fell apart this summer after Providence, a Renton, Wash.-based nonprofit health services provider, balked at assuming financial responsibility for the operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2004 | Joy Buchanan, Times Staff Writer
The chief executive of Tenet California said Wednesday at a public hearing that his company had no plans to close any of the 19 hospitals it has put up for sale in California. Moreover, Dr. Stephen Newman said that any buyers would have to pledge to operate the hospitals as acute care centers as a condition of sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2002 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the 300 nurses who work for Ventura County government receive a bonus that boosts their pay by $1.88 an hour. Now, the remaining nurses want it, too. Appearing before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, the nurses said that if the pay differential is good enough for some, it is good enough for all. "This bonus was given to the other nurses several years ago, yet not to us," said Tim Yett, who works at an outpatient mental health clinic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999
Dramatizing a countywide nursing shortage, St. John's Regional Medical Center is closing one of its acute care wings because it can no longer afford to hire expensive substitute nurses. Hospital officials also said Wednesday that it will raise the pay of its critical care nurses by 24%, an increase that could ignite a bidding war for nurses with other county hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1999 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dramatizing a countywide nursing shortage, St. John's Regional Medical Center is closing one of its acute-care wings because it can no longer afford to hire expensive substitute nurses. St. John's also said Wednesday that it will hike the pay of its critical-care nurses by 24%, an increase that could ignite a bidding war for nurses with other hospitals in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1997 | PENNY AREVALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The country's No. 2 for-profit hospital chain is planning to move into the Conejo Valley, replacing the emergency services lost when Westlake Medical Center was sold last year and eyeing sites for a full-fledged acute-care hospital. Answering the demand from Westlake residents, Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Santa Barbara is hoping to open its 24-hour urgent-care center by March, said Dr. Frank Gillingham, who will serve as the center's medical director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1996
Officially, it was known as the General Medical and Surgical Building, a six-story structure that towered for decades over the sprawling Sepulveda Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To those who worked there and for many of the patients treated within its brick walls, however, it was just Building 3. Everyone was evicted, however, on Jan. 17, 1994, when the Northridge earthquake struck before dawn, severely damaging the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1986 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Mentally ill persons without homes who now wander the streets of downtown San Diego will have a place to turn for shelter and counseling under a new program approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors. The board unanimously approved what will become a $640,000 annual contract with Community Research Foundation, a private, nonprofit mental health agency that already runs several care centers around the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1996
Officially, it was known as the General Medical and Surgical Building, a six-story structure that towered for decades over the sprawling Sepulveda Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To those who worked there and for many of the patients treated within its brick walls, however, it was just Building 3. Everyone was evicted, however, on Jan. 17, 1994, when the Northridge earthquake struck before dawn, severely damaging the facility.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | JANNY SCOTT, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
In an attempt to prod lackluster hospitals to improve, California health officials will soon begin publishing yearly reports that will rank death rates and other patient outcomes at 528 acute-care health facilities statewide. The program, signed into law by Gov. Pete Wilson earlier this week, is intended to provide health-care consumers with a reliable gauge of hospitals' quality and effectiveness in order to make educated choices about where to turn for services.
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