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August 7, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Richard Winton and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
On a Sunday afternoon two years ago, five homeless people being dropped off on Los Angeles' skid row by an ambulance caught the attention of police officers. The officers videotaped what they thought was a case of hospitals dumping patients in a section of the city where few would notice or care.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
State and county inspectors found serious irregularities in the admission and treatment policies of a Los Angeles hospital four years before authorities raided it and charged its chief executive with providing unnecessary medical services to patients recruited on skid row, according to a confidential county report reviewed by The Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1997
Hawthorne Hospital opened 33 years ago as a community hospital serving a growing population. On Friday, it is closing for four months to be converted into a psychiatric facility. The hospital, one of the smallest in the area with only 73 beds, was not able to compete with larger facilities that offer a wider array of medical services, said Hawthorne Hospital administrator Marc Furstman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Richard Winton and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
On a Sunday afternoon two years ago, five homeless people being dropped off on Los Angeles' skid row by an ambulance caught the attention of police officers. The officers videotaped what they thought was a case of hospitals dumping patients in a section of the city where few would notice or care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
State and county inspectors found serious irregularities in the admission and treatment policies of a Los Angeles hospital four years before authorities raided it and charged its chief executive with providing unnecessary medical services to patients recruited on skid row, according to a confidential county report reviewed by The Times.
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October 10, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Los Angeles County employees prepared for a possible general strike at public hospitals and clinics this week, a group of private physicians Monday offered to provide free care for the low-income patients who would most be affected. Dr. James A. Mays said the potential disruption of services at public facilities such as County-USC Medical Center, one of the nation's busiest hospitals, could plunge the region into a medical crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2008 | Richard Winton and Cara Mia DiMassa, Winton and DiMassa are Times staff writers.
The former chief executive of the City of Angels Medical Center pleaded guilty Friday to paying illegal kickbacks in what authorities described as a massive scheme to defraud taxpayer-funded healthcare programs of millions of dollars by recruiting homeless patients for unnecessary medical services. Dr.
BUSINESS
July 24, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tustin Hospital Medical Center, closed since March, 1996, will reopen in October with 200 to 300 employees, the facility's owner announced Wednesday. G&L Realty Corp., a Beverly Hills real estate investment trust specializing in health-care properties, said it signed a five-year lease with Pacific Health Corp. to manage the hospital. Based in Long Beach, Pacific Health operates small and mid-sized community medical centers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2008 | Richard Winton
A Los Angeles man who recruited homeless people from skid row as medical patients as part of a scheme to defraud government health programs of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors announced Thursday. Estill Mitts, 64, who operated the 7th Street Assessment Center, agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in a plea agreement submitted to U.S. District Court by federal prosecutors. Mitts was arrested Aug. 6 along with Dr. Rudra Sabaratnam, 64, an owner of City of Angels Medical Center.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
California labor officials have fined a Southern California hospital chain, Pacific Health Corp., more than $7 million for not paying employee wages and bouncing payroll checks. The company operates the Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Tustin Hospital, Newport Specialty Hospital, Bellflower Medical Center and Anaheim General Hospital. All of the locations were cited except the Newport Beach facility. "Employers have an obligation to pay workers the wages they've earned," said Christine Baker, director of the California Department of Industrial Relations.
NEWS
October 10, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Los Angeles County employees prepared for a possible general strike at public hospitals and clinics this week, a group of private physicians Monday offered to provide free care for the low-income patients who would most be affected. Dr. James A. Mays said the potential disruption of services at public facilities such as County-USC Medical Center, one of the nation's busiest hospitals, could plunge the region into a medical crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1997
Hawthorne Hospital opened 33 years ago as a community hospital serving a growing population. On Friday, it is closing for four months to be converted into a psychiatric facility. The hospital, one of the smallest in the area with only 73 beds, was not able to compete with larger facilities that offer a wider array of medical services, said Hawthorne Hospital administrator Marc Furstman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles-based hospital chain has agreed to pay the government $16.5 million to settle allegations that its subsidiaries paid illegal kickbacks for patients recruited from among the homeless and provided them unnecessary services in an attempt to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal, according to court documents. The U.S. attorney's office for the Central District of California said it would drop criminal conspiracy charges filed Thursday against Pacific Health Corp. if payment is completed by March 2017, among other conditions.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Hospital owner Pacific Health Corp. said it will close its three remaining Southern California hospitals, citing the fallout from a federal fraud case last year in which the company admitted paying to recruit homeless people off skid row in Los Angeles and billing the government for unnecessary care. The Tustin company said the three hospitals shutting down are Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Bellflower Medical Center and Newport Specialty Hospital. Last week, Pacific Health announced the closure of Anaheim General Hospital.
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