CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 |
An updated national report on U.S. emergency medical care has again awarded California an “F” for lacking access to speedy treatment, noting that the state has the lowest number of hospital emergency rooms per capita - 6.7 per 1 million people - in the nation. The America's Emergency Care Environment report card, which gauges how well states support emergency care, was released Thursday by the American College of Emergency Physicians, an advocacy group. Tracking 136 measures from sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the organization called overcrowding in California emergency wards a “critical problem” and urged the state to increase its healthcare workforce and beef up a variety of facilities to reduce high wait-times for emergency services.
January 7, 2014
Re "Insurance raised use of hospital ERs, study says," Jan. 5 One logical conclusion is that hospitals need to create a more cost-effective way to handle non-emergency patients. Hospitals would be smart to establish a parallel non-emergency, primary-care clinic adjacent to their current ERs. They could be staffed with less-expensive care deliverers such as nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, respiratory therapists and pharmacists, still under the license of the hospital but without tying up the more expensive resources of a traditional ER. If hospitals do not fill this void, some other smart business will.
January 5, 2014
Re "The gap in medical education," Opinion, Jan. 3 I would like to commend Rahul Rekhi's advocacy for incorporating health policy in medical education. In addition to focusing on healthcare systems and health economics, there is a critical need to focus on the impact of health policy on the underlying causes of disease. For example, medical care alone cannot address the obesity epidemic underlying the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Policies such as how we plan our communities, how much physical activity is provided in schools and how we promote nutritious food consumption have a great impact on the health of our communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 |
Good morning, and let's be honest - your New Year's resolutions are probably only good for a week, maybe two. Instead of trying to give up chips and salsa or joining a gym, you would be better off aiming not to be one of the millions who will land in emergency rooms in 2014 for entirely avoidable mishaps. And I just happen to have some pointers from ER doctors who have seen it all. In November, after writing about federal judge and WWII veteran Harry Pregerson's continued good deeds for his fellow servicemen and women, I got a book in the mail from the judge's nephew, Dr. Brady Pregerson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 |
A 70-year-old man suffered burns early Friday when a fire broke out inside a room at the Long Beach Veterans Administration hospital, fire officials said. According to Long Beach Fire Capt. Jim Arvizu, the fire was reported about 12:40 a.m. at the hospital at 5901 E. 7th St. Firefighters who arrived at the scene saw heavy smoke coming out from one of the windows of the building that houses elderly and hospice patients, Arvizu said. When they made it inside the building, crews discovered that the hospital's sprinkler system had doused the flames.
November 21, 2013 |
When Jennifer Lawrence is on the late-night circuit, ridiculous things are bound to spill out of her mouth. The wisecracking "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star swung by "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday to promote her latest film, which opens Friday. The 23-year-old and her costars have been doing a whirlwind international press tour for the last few weeks before resuming filming on the third and fourth installments of the franchise. JLaw was tired, so very tired, and it was becoming really obvious in her protracted, TMI-filled interview (to be followed up by an early appearance on "Good Morning America" on Thursday.)