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June 19, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Earlier estimates of the prevalence of HIV-positive individuals in California were somewhat high, according to new figures from the California Department of Health Services. Using new population data and limited surveys, the team concludes that 94,300 to 130,500 people in the state were HIV-positive on Jan. 1, 1996. Earlier estimates had projected that as many as 175,000 Californians were HIV-positive in 1994.
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October 26, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
State health officials fined nine California hospitals Thursday for infractions that put patients at imminent risk of injury or death, including a notorious case at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in May in which a woman died after writhing unattended on the floor of the emergency room lobby. Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, and Kaiser Foundation Hospital Santa Clara were among the hospitals fined.
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October 29, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Department of Health Services disclosed an intent to award its three-year anti-smoking advertising contract to Asher/Gould, the Los Angeles agency which currently handles the business. Last year Asher/Gould created the controversial spot called "Insurance," which the department did not air. The spot suggests the hypocrisy of two tobacco conglomerates that operate insurance units which give discounts to nonsmokers.
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July 23, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
People who use only cellphones -- who researchers say are more likely to be younger, binge drinkers, smokers and without health insurance -- are about to have a say in shaping California healthcare policy. All they need to do is answer the phone when the state comes calling. Beginning in September, about 4,000 cellphone-only users will start receiving calls from the California Health Interview Survey.
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November 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Anti-Smoking Ad Account Undecided: The agency that will create the $16-million anti-smoking campaign for the California Department of Health Services for the next three years remains in limbo. Although a 12-member panel recommended that the account remain at the incumbent agency, Venice-based Livingston & Keye, an appeal has been filed by the runner-up, Los Angeles agency Davis, Ball & Colombatto.
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April 3, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Medi-Cal HMO Award Upheld: The California Department of Health Services said it had denied appeals from several health insurance plans of a contract awarded in October to Foundation Health Plan to provide medical services to Medi-Cal recipients in Los Angeles County. The appeal was filed by California All Health, Care First and Tower Health Services. The state gave no specific information on why the appeal was denied. The contract is potentially worth $5.9 billion, the state said.
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June 12, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Lab tests done in a physician's office by unlicensed personnel are more than four times as likely to be wrong as those done by licensed technicians in a commercial lab, says a new report by the California Department of Health Services. The department's Laboratory Field Services division studied proficiency testing conducted last year--in which labs were asked to determine the identity of a prepared sample. Commercial laboratories got the wrong answer on 0.
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May 3, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR
The California Department of Health Services released $1.2 million in emergency funds Wednesday to deal with what health officials say is the worst measles epidemic in the state in two decades. Among the hardest hit by the epidemic have been Los Angeles and Orange counties, which will receive $300,000 and $112,347 respectively.
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December 30, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Security Environmental Systems Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle various allegations of breach of contract and securities law violations. But the waste-management company, based in Huntington Beach, said it still has some "significant" litigation issues to resolve.
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August 6, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE
Advertiser: California Department of Health Services Agency: Asher & Partners, Los Angeles Challenge: Give smokers a good reason to quit. The Ads: This spot in the state's long-running anti-smoking campaign warns that impotence could be a side effect of cigarette smoking. A glamorous woman attending a formal affair exchanges suggestive glances with a debonair man puffing away on a cigarette. Suddenly, the man's cigarette goes limp and the woman loses interest.
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June 30, 2007 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
California health regulators outlined their case Friday against Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, saying repeated lapses in care have harmed patients and warrant the revocation of its license. The allegations by the California Department of Health Services, detailed in a 32-page document, cite findings from nine inspections between October 2004 and June 2007. In particular, the report said, the hospital has failed to ensure the competency of its nurses and the protection of its patients.
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August 29, 2006 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Perchlorate, a toxic ingredient of solid rocket fuel that is contaminating hundreds of wells throughout Southern California, would be limited in drinking water under a new state standard proposed Monday. The California Department of Health Services plans to set a drinking water standard of 6 parts per billion, the same as a goal the state established two years ago. The standard, however, would be enforceable, whereas the existing goal is not.
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June 16, 2006 | Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
More than a month after Kaiser Permanente announced it was closing its troubled kidney transplant program serving Northern California, only a handful of its 2,000 patients have been officially transferred to programs at two University of California medical centers. After promising last month that patients would be transferred swiftly and efficiently, state HMO regulators acknowledged Thursday that even the most basic parts of the process have proved unexpectedly complicated.
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June 3, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
State corrections officials on Friday blamed bacteria in milk for an outbreak of gastroenteritis that struck 1,300 inmates at 11 state prisons last month. Acting Corrections Secretary James Tilton said investigators from the state Department of Health Services had linked the illness to a batch of milk produced by a dairy at one of the prisons, Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.
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April 26, 2006 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
Mary Jobe fell down the stairs of her San Francisco home a month ago, fracturing her pelvis. Only time and therapy would heal the bone, and social workers recommended a nursing home where the 84-year-old could recuperate. With Jobe's release from the hospital imminent, her relatives had little more than a day to check out the facility or come up with an alternative. As Jobe's daughter drove out to see it, her niece logged on to the Internet.
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March 8, 2006 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously called for an audit of how the health department has spent federal grants intended to prepare for bioterrorism, after two supervisors worried aloud that possible misspending could give the county a black eye. The board's action came a day after The Times reported that the county Department of Health Services spent at least $2 million in federal grant funds for items that were of questionable relevance to terrorism preparedness.
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March 25, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
The California Department of Health Services released two long-awaited reports Thursday that raised questions about the progress Los Angeles County has made in promised reforms of the public healthcare system. The reports, each hundreds of pages long, detail the findings of an independent audit that examined 12 broad areas of reform promised by the county in 2000 in exchange for $900 million in federal funding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2000
This county is more successful at providing prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy than any of the state's 57 other counties, according to a new state report. According to the report by the California Department of Health Services, 88.4% of all Ventura County women got care during the first three months of their pregnancies in 1998, the last year tracked. That was enough to move the county from the third spot. In comparison, Los Angeles County--at number 17--had a rate of 83.
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November 12, 2005 | Jordan Rau and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers
Jettisoning another apparently losing fight, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has abandoned his yearlong effort to relax rules mandating the number of nurses that hospitals must employ. His endeavor helped spark the public employee union rebellion that led to the defeat of his special election agenda Tuesday. Schwarzenegger last November had set aside rules that required hospitals to employ in some wards one nurse for every five patients instead of every six.
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July 31, 2005 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
California's health department has sharply cut enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the state's 100,000 elderly nursing home residents, even as complaints about the quality of care rise. The Department of Health Services issued 36% fewer citations for state health and safety violations last year than the average number in the previous four years, an analysis of state records shows.
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