November 6, 1989 |
Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles had the highest standardized death rate for newborn babies of all California hospitals in 1986, according to a sophisticated analysis of perinatal death-rate data by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, which is being made public today. King and three other Southern California hospitals with more than 600 deliveries had significantly higher-than-expected perinatal death rates when compared to the statewide average, the report said.
January 16, 1998 |
Experienced registered nurses, often considered expendable during this decade of managed care, now are stretched so thin that many California hospitals are scrambling to hire more, and some RNs already on the wards fear patient care is being compromised. In Southern California, an ongoing shortage among specialty RNs has become critical in recent weeks as a mighty flu epidemic has flooded emergency rooms and intensive care units with patients, hospital employees say. "I think . . .
December 6, 2000 |
Gov. Gray Davis announced Tuesday that hospitals around California have settled a 10-year-old lawsuit against the state over Medi-Cal payment rates for outpatient care, leading to the first broad increase in rates in 15 years. Under terms of the agreement, the state Department of Health Services will also pay California hospitals $350 million, a lump sum that will be divided among hospitals according to a formula that has yet to be determined.
March 2, 2001 |
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc., acknowledging that it has been delinquent in paying thousands of insurance claims filed by doctors and hospitals, said Thursday that it reached an agreement with state regulators to pay penalties and interest on the claims. The Santa Ana managed-care company disclosed the agreement after concerned analysts had issued warnings about a state crackdown on the delinquent payments, sending PacifiCare's stock into a tailspin.
July 9, 1990 |
A psychiatric outpatient armed with two knives entered a hospital and held a nurse at knifepoint for two hours in an elevator before surrendering, police said. The man held one knife on the nurse and the other pointed at his chest during the standoff at St. Mary's Hospital, police said. The man entered the psychiatric unit and took one nurse hostage, but she escaped with the help of another nurse, officers said.
June 15, 1990 |
As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday allowing hospitals to sue states over Medicaid funding, Southern California hospitals will take the state to court, officials predicted. "The hospitals will sue, the physicians' groups will sue, the counties will sue," said David Langness of the Hospital Council of Southern California. He contended that the state's Medicaid reimbursement policies have "bankrupted the health-care industry." "It's been murder," Langness said. ". . .