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November 21, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's healthcare law, struggling to survive its botched rollout, now depends more than ever on insurance companies, doctor groups and hospitals - major forces in the industry that are committed to the law's success despite persistent tensions with the White House. Many healthcare industry leaders are increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration's clumsy implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly all harbor reservations about parts of the sweeping law. Some played key roles in killing previous Democratic efforts to widen healthcare coverage.
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BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
The gig: As chief executive of Blue Shield of California, Paul Markovich leads one of the country's largest nonprofit health insurers, and he is a major player in the state's rollout of Obamacare. Dakota days: Markovich, 46, grew up in Grand Forks, N.D., the son of two professors at the University of North Dakota. His father taught political science, and his mother lectured on economics and finance. Much of his childhood was spent skating at the local hockey rink. His first jobs included serving as a hockey camp counselor and refereeing youth hockey games.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. The $975,000 settlement, announced Monday by lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is believed to be the largest language discrimination settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
The opportunity to be reborn is a rare gift indeed, granted to few beyond the mythical phoenix and some adherents of the Baptist faith. Them - and the Affordable Care Act, which this week will undergo what its supporters hope will be a second launch much different from its first. Reports are flowing in that HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment website serving residents of 36 states that didn't bother to set up their own sites, is working much better than at any time since its calamitous launch on Oct. 1. There may still be glitches ahead, especially if the Dec. 1 relaunch brings a torrent of attempted enrollments all at once, but the feds' confidence that the worst of the consumer-facing problems are behind them seems reasonable.
OPINION
November 24, 2013 | By Michael P. Jones
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities - like the universities I used to work at - the worse the problem. For a physician and his patient, the exam room visit is everything.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. believes that making big gambles can yield revolutionary advances, whether it be cars that drive themselves, wearable computers connected to the Internet or air balloons that beam wireless Internet access to remote areas of the world. Now it's searching for ways to keep people alive longer. The technology giant said Wednesday that it's a major investor in a venture that would work on combating aging and disease. But Google declined to provide any more details on how the venture would operate or what it would do. Google is not the first technology company to make the leap into healthcare.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ailing from the recession, many U.S. hospitals have had to begin making cuts to patient services and laying off staff, an industry survey found. In previous recessions, the healthcare industry has held up well, but this time hospitals and other healthcare businesses are besieged by financial pressures, including more needy and uninsured people. The American Hospital Assn. found 22% of hospitals that responded to its March survey had reduced services since the economic crisis began in September.
HEALTH
February 4, 2008
Re: Your article about medical errors in healthcare institutions [" 'It's Never Just One Thing' That Leads to Serious Harm," Jan. 28], we have seen this phenomenon before, in the aviation industry. After a series of catastrophic crashes in the 1970s, the Federal Aviation Administration asked the NASA Ames Research Center to examine some of the "human factors" that led to errors with devastating consequences. They developed the principles of what has come to be known as Crew Resource Management, which focuses on communication and decision-making to lead to more informed, and better, outcomes.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
PITTSBURGH - While most of the nation is still trying to claw its way out of the deep economic crater left by the recession, this onetime steel capital is already out - thanks largely to the relentless growth in healthcare jobs. Partly because of the outsized ambitions of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the healthcare industry has replaced manufacturing as the region's powerhouse. About 1 in 5 private-sector employees in the Pittsburgh area today works at a hospital, a doctor's office or in some other health services business.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2007
Regarding "Rethinking criteria for doctors' pay" (March 15): As physicians work to improve the quality of healthcare for patients, pay for performance is one of the newest trends sweeping the healthcare industry. Doctors are eager to learn and improve and want to ensure that any insurer's evaluation is truly in the patients' best interest. Through the American Medical Assn.-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, more than 170 physician performance measures have been developed for asthma, heart failure and emergency care, just to name a few. Many of the measures have been endorsed by an independent quality organization, and we encourage their widespread use by physicians and health plans, though it is crucial that the assessment accurately reflect the quality of care provided.
OPINION
November 24, 2013 | By Michael P. Jones
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities - like the universities I used to work at - the worse the problem. For a physician and his patient, the exam room visit is everything.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's healthcare law, struggling to survive its botched rollout, now depends more than ever on insurance companies, doctor groups and hospitals - major forces in the industry that are committed to the law's success despite persistent tensions with the White House. Many healthcare industry leaders are increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration's clumsy implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly all harbor reservations about parts of the sweeping law. Some played key roles in killing previous Democratic efforts to widen healthcare coverage.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. believes that making big gambles can yield revolutionary advances, whether it be cars that drive themselves, wearable computers connected to the Internet or air balloons that beam wireless Internet access to remote areas of the world. Now it's searching for ways to keep people alive longer. The technology giant said Wednesday that it's a major investor in a venture that would work on combating aging and disease. But Google declined to provide any more details on how the venture would operate or what it would do. Google is not the first technology company to make the leap into healthcare.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Julie O'Malley has a message for Time Warner Cable and CBS. "Stop being greedy ... and stop holding customers hostage," the Los Angeles resident said after the signal for KCBS-TV Channel 2 went dark Friday. "What is wrong with you people?" O'Malley and more than 3 million people around the country are the collateral damage of a fight over money between two media giants. Besides Los Angeles, where KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV Channel 9 are dark, CBS-owned stations in New York and Dallas also are no longer being carried by Time Warner Cable systems there.
OPINION
May 12, 2013
Re "Medical rates range off the chart," May 9 Our political leaders regularly lament the notion that ever-rising healthcare costs will eventually bankrupt our country. The question is why they treat this problem as if it were an act of God, totally beyond their power to do anything about it. In most businesses the price is based on actual costs plus overhead, profit and other items. In healthcare, the price is whatever ridiculously inflated number someone has the gall to put on the bill.
OPINION
January 20, 2013
Although Republicans are eager to repeal the entire 2010 healthcare reform law, they started the new session of Congress last week by taking aim at one provision in particular: the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a yet-to-be-named group of 15 presidential appointees from various healthcare disciplines that could play a key role in limiting the growth of Medicare spending. Critics argue that it's a bad idea and even un-American to put so much power in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.
OPINION
May 12, 2013
Re "Medical rates range off the chart," May 9 Our political leaders regularly lament the notion that ever-rising healthcare costs will eventually bankrupt our country. The question is why they treat this problem as if it were an act of God, totally beyond their power to do anything about it. In most businesses the price is based on actual costs plus overhead, profit and other items. In healthcare, the price is whatever ridiculously inflated number someone has the gall to put on the bill.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON - With the Supreme Court's 2011-2012 term rapidly coming to a close, the release of a decision on the constitutionality of President Obama's sweeping healthcare law is imminent - but it won't be today. The justices issued their latest set of decisions on Monday morning and the healthcare ruling wasn't among them. The case is being closely monitored by both the legal and political communities, as the healthcare industry, government officials at the state and federal levels and many more.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
The longtime chairman and chief executive of Kaiser Permanente, George Halvorson, plans to retire in December 2013, and the nonprofit health system is searching for a new leader. Halvorson, 65, helped build the Oakland company into the nation's largest nonprofit insurer and hospital system, with more than 9 million customers and nearly $50 billion in annual revenue. It employs 17,000 physicians nationwide. Kaiser is the largest health maintenance organization in California with about 6.6 million members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. The $975,000 settlement, announced Monday by lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is believed to be the largest language discrimination settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
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