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June 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
As the cost of managed health care rises, small-business owners are preparing to pay a little more for their employees' benefits if it helps them hold on to experienced workers. After years of moderate price increases, several managed-care companies have announced larger increases for 1999. Meanwhile, Congress is working on consumer protection legislation that could give consumers more flexibility in their health plans, but at a higher cost.
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June 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
As the cost of managed health care rises, small-business owners are preparing to pay a little more for their employees' benefits if it helps them hold on to experienced workers. After years of moderate price increases, several managed-care companies have announced larger increases for 1999. Meanwhile, Congress is working on consumer protection legislation that could give consumers more flexibility in their health plans, but at a higher cost.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2005
RE "The Pretenders," Dec. 19: Robin Abcarian worries that "websites like MySpace ... are helping to spawn a generation of uninhibited liars." If so, it's not a moment too soon. In coming years, these young people will be lied to by vendors, manufacturers, utilities, phone companies, cable companies, Internet service providers, insurance sales reps and health management organizations. An expectation of honesty leaves them defenseless in today's world. JEAN MOORE Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1994
The article by Dr. Ken Murray (June 19) extolling the virtues of managed care is a lot of self-serving garbage. Dr. Murray has only been in practice for 10 years, so perhaps he is unaware that without managed care, the American medical profession was able to bring to the populace the highest quality health care system in the history of mankind. And who were the ultimate judges of the quality of that system? The patients. Perhaps they can't define quality medical care, but believe me, they know it when they see it. Managed care, in the form of for-profit health management organizations, is flourishing not because of the high quality of care, but because it is an immensely profitable business.
BUSINESS
March 27, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating 22 major drug manufacturers to find out whether they have illegally conspired to fix prices. The five-member commission earlier this month authorized its staff to subpoena records from the pharmaceutical manufacturers to determine whether they violated federal laws by "engaging in unlawful concerted activities to raise, fix, maintain, or stabilize the prices of pharmaceutical products in the United States."
BUSINESS
March 31, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pressure from health management organizations to cut costs and reduced patient stays resulted in a 67% drop in first-quarter profit for Community Psychiatric Centers Inc., the company announced on Monday. It is the Laguna Hills-based company's third consecutive quarter of severe earnings reductions. The company, which owns and operates 50 psychiatric hospitals providing short-term care in the United States and United Kingdom, had net income of $6.9 million for the three months ending Feb.
BUSINESS
February 13, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
The trade group representing thousands of drugstores said Monday that it will try to overturn the settlement agreement of a class-action lawsuit many of its members filed against major drug manufacturers. The National Assn. of Retail Pharmacists said the proposed settlement is inadequate because it would allow drug manufacturers to continue denying discounts to retailers while offering them to health management organizations and hospital groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1998
Until recent years, most health insurance was delivered through traditional fee-for-service plans. But today such high-cost, old-fashioned indemnity plans are a small fraction of the total in Ventura County and California, and are steadily losing their share of the market nationwide. The norm today are cheaper managed health care plans such as health management organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and point-of-service HMOs.
NEWS
January 20, 1995 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new concept in telemedicine was launched this week by a Silicon Valley firm that has invented SmartCap, a medicine bottle with a tiny computer in the top to monitor how people take their medicine. Aprex Corp., a small firm based in Fremont, introduced the technology as part of its new Dosing Partners program, in which SmartCap is combined with a HomeLink computer modem attached to the patient's phone.
OPINION
February 7, 1999 | Susan Estrich, Susan Estrich is a law professor at USC. She served as a campaign manager for Michael S. Dukakis in 1988
The big lawsuit is back. Last week's decision by an Oregon jury to award $107 million in damages against an antiabortion Web site breaks new ground in the fight to ensure women safe access to legal abortions. A Connecticut anchorwoman's $8.3-million judgment against a local television station for sexual discrimination may change the way news is delivered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1996 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of 33 Orange County hospitals evaluated regarding their treatment of heart attack victims, two--Placentia Linda Community Hospital and Friendly Hills Regional Medical Center--scored "significantly worse than expected" in a state study to be released today. Both Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Columbia San Clemente Hospital and Medical Center, meanwhile, received the highest possible ratings.
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