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February 9, 1994
The company said Tuesday it has signed a contract to open a psychiatric program for Long Beach Doctors Hospital. The program still requires licensing by the California Department of Health. OptimumCare, based in Laguna Niguel, operates and manages 10 psychiatric facilities in affiliation with hospitals and medical centers throughout Southern California.
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July 3, 2002 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN and LIZ F. KAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Relatives of two people who contracted Legionnaires' disease and died at Good Samaritan Hospital since May said doctors at the downtown Los Angeles facility did not inform them of the patients' hospital-acquired respiratory infections. At least, that was the case until Tuesday, when the children of one of the patients were telephoned by the hospital's chief of staff, told of the infection and warned to expect a call from a reporter about the case.
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BUSINESS
May 19, 1995
Friendly Hills HealthCare Network, a health care delivery-systems company, said Thursday that Caremark International in Northbrook, Ill., has acquired substantially all of the assets of the company and has assumed management of its business operations. Under an affiliation agreement, Caremark will provide Friendly Hills with administration of patient services, facilities management, information and finances and other business functions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2002 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Registered nurses at the University of California's six hospitals have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the prestigious medical system if contract negotiations don't produce a breakthrough soon, officials at the California Nurses Assn. said Thursday. About 95% of voting nurses supported a strike in balloting Tuesday and Wednesday, the union said. It refused to say, though, how many of the system's nearly 8,000 nurses voted.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1993 | James M. Gomez / Times staff writer
FHP Inc., the Fountain Valley-based health maintenance organization, is reaching beyond its already established network of wholly owned medical facilities to enlarge its membership. The company recently signed an agreement with Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital to provide patients with a choice in their medical care.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1998 | Bloomberg News
WellPoint Health Networks Inc.'s Blue Cross of California unit and hospital operator Catholic Healthcare West settled a contract dispute over rate increases by signing a multiyear contract, Catholic Healthcare said. The two sides agreed on the contract after Catholic Healthcare West ran advertisements in major California papers saying Blue Cross' 4.4 million members could no longer be served at 30 hospitals it operates in California following expiration of their contract Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to fill all their permanent nursing staff openings, California hospitals are tapping into a new source: traveling nurses. Commonly called "travelers," the nurses pack their supplies and scrubs and move from city to city, hospital to hospital, every few months. Many are young, single and driven by a desire to see the country or to sample different hospitals, while others are older and simply looking for a change.
NEWS
June 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1,500 registered nurses from two Minneapolis-area hospitals set up picket lines after rejecting a contract offer they said did not provide for adequate patient care. Nurses at four other Twin Cities hospitals ratified contracts Saturday; nurses at a fifth hospital were still voting. Jean Ross, a 27-year veteran nurse who was on the negotiating committee, said nurses are overworked, with too few personnel to cover patient loads.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc., the biggest U.S. operator of Medicare health plans, said Wednesday that first-quarter profit fell 82% as medical costs rose after it renegotiated contracts with doctors and hospitals. The financial results still exceeded analysts' expectations. Net income fell to $13.1 million, or 39 cents a share, from $74.6 million, or $2.04, a year earlier. Revenue rose 7.2% to $3.03 billion, while health-care costs jumped 13% to $2.7 billion.
NEWS
August 2, 2000 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a tenth of California's hospitals say they will stop accepting Blue Cross health insurance within the next two weeks, a strong sign that the trouble in the state's health-care system has extended beyond health maintenance organizations. Barring a last-minute compromise, the Catholic Healthcare West chain and the independent St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1998 | Jason Kandel, (714) 564-1038
The Police Department recently renewed its contract with Martin Luther Hospital to perform rape and sexual assault examinations for the prosecution of criminal cases. The department's Forensics Unit has renewed the contract for $650 per exam. The hospital is the only facility in the county performing rape and sexual assault exams for prosecution purposes.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1998 | Bloomberg News
WellPoint Health Networks Inc.'s Blue Cross of California unit and hospital operator Catholic Healthcare West settled a contract dispute over rate increases by signing a multiyear contract, Catholic Healthcare said. The two sides agreed on the contract after Catholic Healthcare West ran advertisements in major California papers saying Blue Cross' 4.4 million members could no longer be served at 30 hospitals it operates in California following expiration of their contract Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1996 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beating out scores of hospitals nationwide, Children's Hospital of Orange County and St. Joseph Hospital won a $5.5-million contract Wednesday to establish a national medical center to practice a promising new alternative to bone marrow transplants. The two hospitals will explore the lifesaving potential for umbilical cord blood transplants with the grant from the National Institutes of Health.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Blue Shield Asks for Hospital Bids: In another sign of medical cost-cutting, Blue Shield of California has asked about 400 hospitals to reduce their prices or risk losing the insurer's business. The move follows a similar, controversial request for bids earlier this year by Blue Cross of California. Blue Shield said its new "request for proposal" strategy is aimed at "reducing costs while assuring access to quality hospital care" for its 1.5 million members.
NEWS
June 27, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State health officials have refused to renew a lucrative Medi-Cal funding agreement with Northridge Hospital Medical Center, citing the hospital's practice of denying epidural anesthesia to poor women in labor unless they could pay cash in advance. The California Medical Assistance Commission delayed approval of the facility's eligibility for federal funds designed to augment the budgets of hospitals that take Medi-Cal and Medicaid, The Times has learned.
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