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June 16, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Longtime Superior Court Judge Harry T. Shafer, who died last week, had so many amusing stories that I thought I'd tell one more from his book "Howls of Justice" (coauthored by Angie Papadakis). During a custody hearing, a father of two children told Shafer that his ex-wife smoked pot. "Have you smoked pot?" Shafer asked the father. "Yes," the man admitted. "In fact, I've smoked marijuana with my wife." "Now I'm confused," Shafer said.
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January 13, 2014 | By Paul Richter, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
WASHINGTON - Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran's chief negotiator said Monday. Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency. The new agreement, announced over the weekend, sets out a timetable for how Iran and the six nations, led by the United States, will implement a deal reached in November that is aimed at restraining Iran's nuclear ambitions.
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BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has lost its accreditation, a step that prohibits the center from performing many surgeries. The Joint Commission denied accreditation to New Life Surgery Center, one of several Southern California clinics tied to the ad campaign that once blanketed local freeway billboards, television, radio and the Internet. Five patients died after Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries at clinics affiliated with the ad campaign from 2009 to 2011, according to lawsuits, autopsy reports and other public records.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has lost its accreditation, a step that prohibits the center from performing many surgeries. The Joint Commission denied accreditation to New Life Surgery Center, one of several Southern California clinics tied to the ad campaign that once blanketed local freeway billboards, television, radio and the Internet. Five patients died after Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries at clinics affiliated with the ad campaign from 2009 to 2011, according to lawsuits, autopsy reports and other public records.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1993 | James M. Gomez / Times staff writer
Seal of Approval: Regency Health Services Inc. in Newport Beach is doing its own celebrating. The operator of rehabilitative and nursing homes said it has received accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for two of its facilities.
NEWS
October 22, 1987
Bay Harbor Hospital has been awarded a three-year Certificate of Accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The accreditation is based on nationally accepted standards for quality health care. Bay Harbor is a 150-bed acute-care facility at 1437 W. Lomita Blvd. in Harbor City.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign has been advised to make improvements or risk losing its accreditation, according to a spokeswoman for the center's accrediting agency. The Joint Commission, a private, nonprofit organization that accredits thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics, made an unannounced inspection of the New Life Surgery Center on March 25 after receiving a complaint, said Joint Commission spokeswoman Elizabeth Eaken Zhani.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
An independent accreditation group has told two outpatient clinics affiliated with the once-prominent 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery advertising campaign to make specified improvements or potentially lose their accreditation. The Joint Commission, one of a handful of organizations authorized by California to accredit the state's outpatient surgery centers, issued "requirements for improvement" to New Life Surgery Center in Beverly Hills and Valley Surgical Center in West Hills after inspecting the facilities in May and again this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996
Despite major layoffs of doctors and nurses last fall, three Los Angeles County hospitals apparently have been re-accredited by a Chicago-based hospital inspection agency, county health chief Mark Finucane said Thursday. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations approved three-year recertifications for County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Finucane said.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1997 | BARBARA MARSH
As if completing medical school, a residency or two and licensing exams weren't enough, doctors now need more credentials. Managed-care companies increasingly won't do business with health-care providers, be they doctors, hospitals, home-health agencies, laboratories or the like, unless they pass muster with professional accrediting bodies. The result? Physicians must submit to reviews by multiple accrediting outfits.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
An independent accreditation group has told two outpatient clinics affiliated with the once-prominent 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery advertising campaign to make specified improvements or potentially lose their accreditation. The Joint Commission, one of a handful of organizations authorized by California to accredit the state's outpatient surgery centers, issued "requirements for improvement" to New Life Surgery Center in Beverly Hills and Valley Surgical Center in West Hills after inspecting the facilities in May and again this month.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Using data from government agencies and private watchdogs, several websites provide consumer information on hospitals. CalHospitalCompare.org (www.calhospitalcompare.org) enables you to compare selected hospitals on dozens of measures, including infection prevention, intensive care mortality rate and overall patient experience. The site, run by the California HealthCare Foundation, offers the option of searching by hospital name, location or medical condition. Hospital Compare (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov)
HEALTH
January 16, 2012
When smokers are in the hospital, they typically have to give up cigarettes for as long as they're there. Most hospitals make little effort to screen patients for tobacco use or to help them kick the habit permanently. That's a missed opportunity. Starting this month, though, hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco-cessation measures as part of their performance criteria to meet certification requirements by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit that accredits healthcare organizations.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign has been advised to make improvements or risk losing its accreditation, according to a spokeswoman for the center's accrediting agency. The Joint Commission, a private, nonprofit organization that accredits thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics, made an unannounced inspection of the New Life Surgery Center on March 25 after receiving a complaint, said Joint Commission spokeswoman Elizabeth Eaken Zhani.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials have placed two staff members at Olive View- UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar on paid leave after allegations that they had participated in a makeshift beauty salon atop medical equipment in the ward for high-risk newborns, according to county officials. The county this week also opened an investigation into broader allegations that doctors, nurses and staff at the neonatal intensive care unit put babies at risk through substandard care. The allegations were contained in two anonymous complaints received by the commission that accredits the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Longtime Superior Court Judge Harry T. Shafer, who died last week, had so many amusing stories that I thought I'd tell one more from his book "Howls of Justice" (coauthored by Angie Papadakis). During a custody hearing, a father of two children told Shafer that his ex-wife smoked pot. "Have you smoked pot?" Shafer asked the father. "Yes," the man admitted. "In fact, I've smoked marijuana with my wife." "Now I'm confused," Shafer said.
NEWS
August 18, 1992
Impeachment is in the air in the Brazilian capital as a joint commission of Congress investigating corruption charges against President Fernando Collor de Mello's former campaign treasurer prepares to distribute its draft report on Saturday. According to reports leaked by members of the investigative commission, money from "ghost" bank accounts linked to the campaign official was used to pay Collor's household expenses.
HEALTH
January 16, 2012
When smokers are in the hospital, they typically have to give up cigarettes for as long as they're there. Most hospitals make little effort to screen patients for tobacco use or to help them kick the habit permanently. That's a missed opportunity. Starting this month, though, hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco-cessation measures as part of their performance criteria to meet certification requirements by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit that accredits healthcare organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2004 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Surprise inspections earlier this month at four public hospitals in Los Angeles County turned up some problems but none as severe as those at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, a national accrediting group said. But the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations found enough lapses at one of the hospitals to warn that it might downgrade the hospital's accreditation status, said the commission's president, Dr. Dennis O'Leary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2004 | Charles Ornstein, Steve Hymon and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A national accrediting group Wednesday recommended pulling its seal of approval from beleaguered Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, an extremely rare step that further threatens the public hospital's survival. Signaling that the medical center has failed to correct severe lapses in patient care, the national Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations voted to begin the process of revoking King/Drew's accreditation.
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