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April 10, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael quickly realized that A Place for Us wasn't the place for him. Overweight and suffering from stress, the New Yorker had flown cross-country to attend what was advertised as a weight-loss clinic in sunny Southern California. The air fare was free and the treatment, he was told, fully covered by his Blue Cross plan.
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April 10, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael quickly realized that A Place for Us wasn't the place for him. Overweight and suffering from stress, the New Yorker had flown cross-country to attend what was advertised as a weight-loss clinic in sunny Southern California. The air fare was free and the treatment, he was told, fully covered by his Blue Cross plan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1995
A psychiatrist was sentenced Monday to six months in a halfway house for misdiagnosing patients at a San Fernando Valley hospital in a scheme to get insurers to pay for treatment. Barry A. Smolev, 48, also was placed on five years' probation by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1994
Your article "Insurers Are Fed Up With Diet Program" (April 10) is filled with misleading statements and allegations. The headline alone states that A Place for Us is a diet program. You ran a copy of our ad. I think you can clearly see that it states "Treatment for depression, not weight loss." It's not about the diagnosis of weight loss as depression, this is about money so the insurance companies "can have it their way" and not pay on legitimate claims. This is a smear campaign that Blue Cross used to destroy a dynamic program where the healing process was more than traditional psychiatric treatment.
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March 21, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychiatrist was sentenced Monday to six months at a halfway house for falsifying documents at Van Nuys Community Hospital to bilk insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for weight-disorder treatments. Barry Smolev, 48, a former chief psychiatric resident at UCLA Medical Center who now has a private practice in West Los Angeles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. on one count of mail fraud.
NEWS
November 9, 1994
The major races in the West: Senate races: 9 House races: 93 Governor: 8 Governor--Democrat Tony Knowles was battling Republican James Campbell for the seat held by Walter J. Hickel, but the winner was unknown by press time. * House--GOP incumbent Don Young defeated Democrat Tony Smith in his race to retain control of the state's only seat. ARIZONA * Governor--GOP Incumbent Fife Symington fended off a strong challenge from Democratic businessman Eddie Basha. * Senate--Republican U.S. Rep.
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December 10, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The programs offered tender solace to the sad and sleepless. To the overwrought, the overweight, the drug-dependent and the spiritually confused, they extended a friendly hand. One program, run by charismatic Christians, claimed to "truly understand your pain," pledging in its advertisements to "love you, not judge you." Another was conceived by a former addict who had crashed to the bottom and climbed doggedly back. They all were part of a sprawling, sinister scam, a major insurer contends.
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December 10, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The programs offered tender solace to the sad and sleepless. To the overwrought, the overweight, the drug-dependent and the spiritually confused, they extended a friendly hand. One program, run by charismatic Christians, claimed to "truly understand your pain," pledging in its advertisements to "love you, not judge you." Another was conceived by a former addict who had crashed to the bottom and climbed doggedly back. They all were part of a sprawling, sinister scam, a major insurer contends.
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