CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 |
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.
June 4, 2001 |
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.
May 3, 2001 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1998 |
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.
July 9, 1998 |
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.
June 27, 1998 |
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.