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October 12, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- Olive View- UCLA Medical Center put critically ill babies at risk when the county facility continued to care for the infants despite lacking the staff to do so, according to a report released this month by state investigators. Investigators from the California Department of Public Health found that Olive View did not have enough neonatologists or staff to treat babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, according to the report released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services after a public records request by The Times.
April 5, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Reginald Clarke is someone Obamacare was designed to help. The 55-year-old, who was homeless for a time, now has an apartment in Gardena and a street-cleaning job that pays him $14,000 a year. He hadn't visited a doctor in four or five years. Then, last fall, his girlfriend told him he would be eligible for Medi-Cal starting Jan. 1. "I was excited. I could go get a physical," he said. "There are a few things I need. " But joy turned to exasperation when Clarke's application, filed in December, was mistakenly rejected - and then seemed to disappear from county and state computer systems.
A health care crisis appears to be building for California's poorest, most vulnerable youngsters, who often must wait months or travel long distances to see pediatric specialists in such critical areas as orthopedics and neurology. With Medi-Cal paying physicians some of the lowest reimbursement rates in the nation, increasing numbers of children's doctors are limiting their participation in the insurance program for the poor and disabled.
April 2, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
After Maria de Jesus Arroyo was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest in the summer of 2010, her husband and children said their goodbyes and left her in the hands of hospital staff. When they saw her next at the funeral, her nose was broken and she had gashes and bruises on her face - injuries too severe to be covered up, despite the morticians' best efforts. The outraged family sued the hospital, White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights, believing the hospital had mishandled the 80-year-old woman's body.
State Controller Kathleen Connell, vowing that her office "will demand fair pricing, quality products and good service," announced Wednesday that Indiana-based Quantum Health Resources has agreed to repay $6.3 million it allegedly overbilled Medi-Cal. Connell said that over the past four years, the Indianapolis company had overcharged the state 25% for blood-clotting products used by hemophiliacs, and that the settlement reached with Quantum is the largest in recent years.
August 20, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NEW YORK -- Scammers may be jumping into the weed business, Wall Street's regulator warns. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, issued an investor alert Tuesday cautioning  investors that some marijuana stock pitches bear the hallmarks of classic Wall Street "pump and dump" schemes. The investment pitches can come via email, Twitter, webinars or fax, the alert said. In such scams, promoters of thinly traded, low-price shares (or penny stocks) fuel investor demand by hyping the stocks' growth potential.
May 16, 1989
Janice A. Steiner has been appointed medical director of Gensia Europe Ltd.
June 26, 2000
HMOs: mediocre discount-store medical care! CLAIRE TOWERY Arcadia
February 24, 1987 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old Encino man accused of murdering his mother, actress Susan Cabot, has laid the groundwork for a possible insanity defense. Medical records filed in court Monday state that the man, Timothy Scott Roman, was treated for 15 years with an experimental growth hormone that later was found to cause neurological problems in some patients.
April 15, 1991 | Associated Press
A Northwest Airlines jetliner with 145 passengers aboard detoured to Orlando, Fla., on Sunday to get medical treatment for six passengers who became ill in flight, airline officials said. The passengers, who complained that they were groggy and nauseated, were released after treatment. Medical officials said the symptoms may have been related to a motion-sickness drug that can cause drowsiness. No food or drinks had been served on the plane, officials said.
April 2, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 450   medical marijuana shops have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year - more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won't settle the debate over how many medical marijuana businesses are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be open but have fallen delinquent on their taxes. Some may have never registered to pay taxes at all. But the numbers provide the latest hint at what has happened since Los Angeles voters passed new rules attempting to restrict medical marijuana shops.
April 1, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Healthcare advocates Tuesday urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to set aside at least $11 million in additional funding for free medical services for low-income residents - including immigrants lacking legal status - who remain uninsured under Obamacare. Members of the faith-based coalition One L.A., labor groups and community healthcare organizations told reporters and board members that failing to expand a county program to serve thousands more poor and undocumented residents would endanger public health.
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Monday is the last day to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Covered California statewide health exchange. But even for many of those already enrolled, the challenges are just beginning. Consider, for instance, the work to be done in figuring out your new health plan's coverage for prescription drugs. For people who take medications on an ongoing basis, it's especially important to closely evaluate details of a health plan's drug coverage. For Tina Petrakis, selecting a new health plan through Covered California meant paying close attention to the medications each policy covered.
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
An Orange County pain doctor caused the deaths of three patients by negligently prescribing them powerful narcotics, state medical authorities said in a complaint made public Friday. The Medical Board of California is seeking to suspend or revoke the license of Dr. Van H. Vu, who was linked to more than a dozen patient overdose deaths by a Times investigation in 2012. The medical board alleged Vu was grossly negligent in the deaths of a 22-year-old woman who had been planning her wedding, a 43-year-old mentally ill man who was prescribed drugs by Vu the day he was released from a hospital after an earlier overdose, and a 51-year-old single father who became addicted to pain drugs after a car accident.
March 19, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, the HIV virus and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And the attitudes and behavior of those conspiracists toward standard medical advice reflect that mistrust, says a study out this week. A pair of University of Chicago social scientists set out to determine the extent of "medical conspiracism" among the U.S. public and conducted a nationally representative online survey.
September 29, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Concord Career Institute, a medical and dental training school that had occupied the same Lankershim Boulevard spot for more than 40 years, will dedicate its new location on Victory Boulevard on Thursday. Following the 11 a.m. ceremony, students, faculty and health officials will conduct tours of Concord's new home, a former insurance building next to the Hollywood Freeway that cost about $1 million to convert. "We completely upgraded," campus director Tom Azim said.
Health care providers in California are watching anxiously as President Clinton and Congress battle over the future of Medicare and Medicaid, a fight that could dictate the direction of health care programs in the state for years to come.
March 17, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + The Dallas Stars' medical staff acted quickly and decisively in treating forward Rich Peverley after he collapsed on the bench last week because of an irregular heartbeat. He will undergo a heart procedure and will sit out the rest of the season, but the medical personnel on duty at the American Airlines Center saved his life. + Kudos to New York Islanders forward John Tavares for reaching out to Jake Lotocki, an 11-year-old Winnipeg boy who was rudely heckled for wearing a Tavares jersey to a recent Jets game.
March 15, 2014 | By Philip Levitt
American hospitals have a big problem with unnecessary deaths from medical errors. Estimates of the numbers vary widely, but extrapolating from the best studies, a conservative estimate would be that well over 100,000 people a year die unnecessarily because of errors made by their healthcare teams. And the numbers have remained high despite concerted efforts to bring them down. Why? Because we've embraced a so-called solution that doesn't address the problem. For the last 14 years, the medical profession has put its faith in a systems approach to the problem.
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