CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2003 |
Simi Valley Hospital officials voted this week to replace the facility's nine emergency-room physicians, ending a 10-year contractual relationship on the heels of a yearlong state and federal investigation of the hospital's handling of patient transfers. At an executive meeting Thursday, the hospital's board of directors decided against renewing a contract with the doctors who operate the hospital's emergency department. The physicians are part of Equality Emergency Medical Group.
March 6, 2002 |
An Ontario-based medical company has acquired the management contracts of seven independent doctor groups in Los Angeles and Orange counties, making it one of the largest managers of physician groups in California. The deal announced Tuesday will give North American Medical Management ownership or management responsibilities over doctor groups serving 517,000 patients in California.
June 30, 2000 |
The House early today approved legislation to grant doctors, dentists and other medical professionals the right to bargain collectively with insurers and HMOs, a measure that proponents claimed would help improve quality of care for patients but critics said would do little more than raise their premiums. The 276-136 bipartisan vote represented a significant victory for the legislation's chief sponsor, Rep. Tom Campbell of San Jose, the Republican nominee for Senate in California.
January 7, 2000 |
The state's influential teachers pension fund voted Thursday to develop a model under which public school teachers could receive health benefits directly from doctors, rather than buying insurance through a traditional health plan.
September 8, 1999 |
The California Medical Assn. plans to announce today the filing of a lawsuit that accuses the state's biggest health maintenance organizations of failing to ensure that doctors are paid for treatment provided to HMO patients. The lawsuit is the latest action in the CMA's months-long efforts to force health plans to pay doctors separately when medical groups go bankrupt--even if the health plan has already paid the groups it contracts with.
March 12, 1996 |
The U.S. Justice Department has warned five groups of Orange County anesthesiologists that they would stifle competition by forming an organization to negotiate contracts with managed-care outfits. The proposed organization, which would represent about a third of the anesthesiologists in the county, also could bring needlessly high health-care costs, according to a letter by Assistant Atty. Gen. Anne K. Bingaman.