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February 17, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
[Updated, 8:02 p.m. Feb. 17: This post, based on information supplied by a UCLA publicist, said Dr. Neil Martin diagnosed Serene Branson with "complex migraine. " UCLA has since said that Martin and Dr. Andrew Charles, director of UCLA's Headache Research and Treatment Program, diagnosed Branson with "migraine aura. " Click here for the latest on the story, including an interview with Dr. Charles.] This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
April 11, 2014
Re "Medicare lifts the veil on payments," April 9 Wednesday's news that Medicare is making public Part B payments to doctors received mixed reviews. That's to be expected when healthcare's economic black box is pried open. Sadly, one doctor's full scope of competent and caring services may result in unusually high reimbursement compared to his or her peers. And just as easily, one doctor's modest billings to Medicare could contain a disproportionate share of fraud. Publishing the numbers doctor by doctor doesn't tell the complete story; it's not holistic because it focuses on only one area of medicine, Medicare Part B. But it's a start.
April 22, 2011
Doctor Who infobox 4/23/11 'Doctor Who' Where: BBC America When: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The news that a small percentage of the country's physicians collected billions of dollars from Medicare in a single year may or may not be a testament to individual greed; some of the top recipients are under investigation for allegedly bilking the system, while others work long hours delivering costly care. But it is a powerful reminder that the program needs to stop rewarding doctors for the quantity of care they deliver rather than the quality. Happily, there's a bipartisan plan to do just that; unhappily, lawmakers haven't been able to agree on how to cover its cost.
December 19, 2009
'Doctor Who' Where: BBC America When: 6 and 9 tonight Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
January 19, 2014
Re “She's a mother hen to Ducks,” Column One, Jan. 14 Having to suddenly deal with grievous injuries such as shattered mouths and deep facial lacerations understandably causes Dr. Bao-Thy Grant some anxiety, but after reading Times staff writer David Wharton's article, it's crystal clear that Grant is just as tough as the National Hockey League players she treats. I very much enjoyed your behind-the-scenes feature about this oral surgeon for the Ducks hockey team. Steve Carey Burbank More letters to the editor ...  
March 9, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
After experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat on Thursday night, Kenley Jansen left the Dodgers' spring-training complex to visit a doctor this morning. Jansen is expected to return to Camelback Ranch later today. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with heart problems. He was hospitalized for a week with an irregular heart beat and was placed on blood-thinning medication to prevent a clot or stroke. Jansen averaged 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings last season, setting an all-time major-league record.
February 29, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Federal law enforcement officials announced charges in the largest healthcare fraud scam in the nation's history, indicting a Dallas-area physician for purportedly bilking Medicare of nearly $375 million after he reportedly sent out "recruiters" to round up patients and get them to sign for treatments he never provided. The Medicare billings piled up by Dr. Jacques Roy grew so large over the last five years that the situation left outside experts wondering Tuesday why it took prosecutors so long to notice.
January 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A 61-year-old Valley Center man accused of being a "fake doctor" pleaded not guilty Friday in San Diego to charges of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft. Robert Oldham Young is accused of giving intravenous treatments to patients housed at his avocado ranch in northern San Diego County. A co-defendant, Rocio "Rosie" Placensia, 32, also of Valley Center, is set to be arraigned next week. "Offering intravenous medical treatments in an unlicensed facility not equipped to handle terminally ill patients creates a public health risk," said Dist.
January 28, 2013 | By Lauren Williams, Jeremiah Dobruck and Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
A doctor was shot and killed Monday in a building near Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, police said. Multiple people have identified the victim as a doctor at Orange Coast Urology, but police have not released the victim's name pending notification of relatives. An outgoing phone message said the office had to close Monday because of an emergency. Workers in the building said the shooting occurred in the doctor's exam room. Newport Beach Police Department Deputy Chief David McGill confirmed that the slain man was a doctor but had no other details about him or a suspect who was taken into custody without incident at the scene, which was on the second floor of an office building at 520 Superior Ave. "I sit right at the front desk.
April 10, 2014 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
A doctor has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges for allegedly turning his East Los Angeles and San Gabriel clinics into lucrative mills where he doled out prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other widely abused medications in exchange for cash. Dr. Andrew S. Sun, 78, of La Mirada, surrendered to federal authorities and was expected to be arraigned Thursday. Sun faces 24 counts of prescribing Vicodin, Xanax, a cough syrup with codeine known on the street as "Purple Drank" and other dangerous narcotics to undercover agents who had no medical need for the drugs.
April 9, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Doug Smith
Newport Beach oncologist Minh Nguyen woke up Wednesday wearing a dubious distinction: Medicare's highest-paid doctor in California and one of the top physicians nationwide. Some of his patients and fellow physicians immediately called him wanting an explanation of why newly released federal data show he got paid $11.3 million for treating Medicare patients in 2012. Like dozens of other doctors across the country, Nguyen was unwittingly thrust into the spotlight as federal officials listed for the first time what the government pays individual doctors to treat elderly Americans.
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
An Orange County pain doctor caused the deaths of three patients by negligently prescribing them powerful narcotics, state medical authorities said in a complaint made public Friday. The Medical Board of California is seeking to suspend or revoke the license of Dr. Van H. Vu, who was linked to more than a dozen patient overdose deaths by a Times investigation in 2012. The medical board alleged Vu was grossly negligent in the deaths of a 22-year-old woman who had been planning her wedding, a 43-year-old mentally ill man who was prescribed drugs by Vu the day he was released from a hospital after an earlier overdose, and a 51-year-old single father who became addicted to pain drugs after a car accident.
March 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Genethia Hudley-Hayes is a contender to return to the Los Angeles Board of Education seat she formerly held and can claim many accomplishments. But an MBA that can't be verified has magnified other resume problems, including an inaccurate description of an honorary doctorate. These issues have become fodder for an opponent, undermining a long record of public service. On her resume, Hudley-Hayes lists an MBA with emphasis on nonprofit management from a joint program of San Jose State and the Los Angeles-based Center for Nonprofit Management.
March 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 52-year-old La Mesa man Friday was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of practicing medicine without a license and promising to cure patients of AIDS, cancer and other maladies. Desperate, terminally ill patients paid up to $40,000 to Keith Barton for cures, prosecutors said. A 60-year-old woman suffering from an autoimmune disease followed Barton's advice to have all her teeth extracted as part of an ineffective treatment called "dentritic cellular therapy," according to court documents.
March 15, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A Pakistani tribal court on Saturday reduced the prison sentence for the doctor identified as helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden from 33 years to 23 years. Shakil Afridi, convicted in 2012 of links to a banned militant group, was cleared of one of the charges against him: that he sought to wage war against Pakistan. Afridi was arrested by Pakistani authorities shortly after U.S. commandos killed the former Al Qaeda chief in a town outside Islamabad in May 2011.
November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The buildup to the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" on Nov. 23 continued on Thursday with a special surprise for longtime fans of the Doctor. The BBC posted a new six-minute minisode titled "The Night of the Doctor" that fills in a vital bit of the Doctor's history. Back in 1996, Paul McGann played the Doctor in a one-shot TV movie that attempted to revive the "Doctor Who" franchise after a seven-year absence from TV screens. The film turned out to be McGann's only spin in the role before the series was revived more successfully in 2005.
April 25, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Did you hear that a doctor has found the G spot?  Turns out it's in Poland. OK, wait, that's not quite right:  It's the doctor who was in Poland.  The G spot is where it's always been -- meaning, somewhere men can't find it. (Honestly, this is why I don't believe in intelligent design.  Would any intelligent designer put something so important in such a hard-to-find location?) Anyway, The Times' Melissa Healy reported Wednesday on Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, a “semi-retired Florida doctor [who]
March 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Dr. David Rizzo's love affair with Los Angeles was rock solid for decades. The first sign of trouble came last year, when the house-call foot doctor finally grew tired of logging so many hours in his car and decided to break off the relationship. Rizzo, 62, thought he was ready for semi-retirement, and he loves infernal heat. So he moved to Phoenix. In August. "The sky at night is a celestial event," Rizzo said of his new metropolitan mistress. But the sun kept coming up, shining brightly on a man who cast a long, lonely shadow in the Arizona desert.
March 5, 2014 | By Monte Morin
A baby infected with HIV appears to be free of the virus after doctors at a Long Beach hospital initiated aggressive drug treatment just four hours after birth. A pediatrician at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach and her colleagues disclosed the case Wednesday at a Boston AIDS conference. The newborn girl was initially confirmed to have HIV through blood and spinal fluid tests. However, after six days of treatment with antiretroviral drugs, the virus could no longer be detected, doctors said.
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