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November 23, 1999 | Sharon Bernstein
Burbank-based UniHealth has sold its flagship physician organization to a group of doctors already affiliated with the company. Huntington Provider Group, which along with UniHealth's other holdings had comprised one of the state's largest physician organizations, has been purchased by 150 doctors, led by the group's current management, said John Edelston, the health-care consultant who represented the doctors in the deal. Terms were not disclosed.
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November 23, 1999 | Sharon Bernstein
Burbank-based UniHealth has sold its flagship physician organization to a group of doctors already affiliated with the company. Huntington Provider Group, which along with UniHealth's other holdings had comprised one of the state's largest physician organizations, has been purchased by 150 doctors, led by the group's current management, said John Edelston, the health-care consultant who represented the doctors in the deal. Terms were not disclosed.
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May 8, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state's largest physicians group will stop doing business in the San Fernando Valley on Aug. 31, a move that could force up to 70,000 patients in managed-care plans to switch doctors. The decision by Huntington Provider Group to shut down its Valley operations, called the Southern California Independent Practice Assn., marks the second time this year that a company formed to help doctors navigate the perils of managed care has run into trouble.
BUSINESS
May 8, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state's largest physicians group will stop doing business in the San Fernando Valley on Aug. 31, a move that could force up to 70,000 patients in managed-care plans to switch doctors. The decision by Huntington Provider Group to shut down its Valley operations, called the Southern California Independent Practice Assn., marks the second time this year that a company formed to help doctors navigate the perils of managed care has run into trouble.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1996 | BARBARA MURPHY
Sea View Medical Group in Oxnard has joined UniHealth affiliate Huntington Provider Group, California's largest independent physician association with about 300,000 patients. The alliance brings 27,000 more patients under the HPG umbrella, officials said. HPG already was providing services to 14,000 patients in Ventura County. Staffed by 33 employees, Sea View has 80 primary-care physicians and more than 200 specialists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS
Health officials are offering free and low-cost flu shots for the next month in Camarillo and Oxnard. The free influenza vaccine can only be given to the following groups: people 60 and older, adults and children who have chronic medical problems that would be seriously complicated by the flu, and caregivers or health care workers involved with these two groups. Those who do not qualify for the free vaccine will be charged $7. No preregistration is required for the following clinics: * Oct.
HEALTH
September 29, 1997 | DAVID OLMOS
In one of the first attempts to compile a health care report card on physician groups, a California employers' organization recently published a report that used patient surveys and data on preventive care to compare doctors. The study's sponsor, the Pacific Business Group on Health, hopes that employers and consumers will use the information to help select doctors during open-enrollment periods for health plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1999
"Biggest Doctors Group to Shut Valley Unit," May 8. I take issue with the statement, "This difficult task was made worse in the affluent West Valley, where the division operated, in part because doctors and hospitals demanded higher fees there than in the San Gabriel Valley and Ventura areas, where the company has other operations . . . ." Whereas each participating doctor may have his / her own perspective with respect to dealing with Huntington Provider Group (HPG), my belief is that it failed not necessarily on financial but on business practices.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1995 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reacting to the perils facing the nation's academic medical centers in a turbulent period of cost-cutting, UCLA Medical Center has agreed to acquire Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, a well-regarded community hospital, for an undisclosed sum. The UC Board of Regents is expected to approve the proposal when it meets this afternoon in San Francisco, officials of both hospitals said.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest evidence of a shakeout in the managed-care industry in California, the state's largest remaining overseer of doctor groups is getting out of the business. Burbank-based UniHealth has hired San Francisco investment banking firm Cain Bros. to sell six physician organizations, including the giant Huntington Provider Management Services in Pasadena. Together the six groups provide health care for 650,000 Southern Californians.
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November 2, 1999 | TOM GRAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The financial turmoil of physician groups in Southern California has not touched the lives of most patients, at least yet. But it has not always been easy for doctors and hospitals to keep medical care on track. Failure of actual group practices--doctor-owned businesses that provide medical care--is fortunately rare. Most of the groups that have failed or disbanded recently have been of a different kind--managed-care middlemen rather than actual providers of care.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five years ago, Burbank-based UniHealth was winning wide praise as an innovative model of health care's future. Mostly through acquisitions, UniHealth assembled a collection of health-care businesses--physician groups, hospitals and managed-care insurers--throughout Southern California. In the jargon of the industry, this is called an "integrated delivery system."
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