August 23, 2013 |
After an outpatient procedure last summer, Sidney Fallender was expecting to go straight home. But when two nurses tried to get the 93-year-old Sherman Oaks resident on his feet, they discovered he was unable to walk on his own. "The doctor told her assistant to call the paramedics," Fallender recalled. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, less than a mile from his doctor's office, for possible emergency surgery. "A couple of weeks later I got a bill for the ambulance service in the amount of almost $1,000," he says.
May 17, 2013 |
When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Be it a cardiac stent, a hip replacement or a pacemaker, Cedars-Sinai's list prices for these routine treatments ranked among the top 5% in the country. For example, the average charge at Cedars-Sinai for gallbladder surgery with complications was $153,302 in 2011 compared with the U.S. median charge of $42,380, government data show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1995
Medicare is like Humpty Dumpty. If the Republicans push it, we will never be able to put it together again! BOB MORGAN Van Nuys
November 19, 2013 |
Ensign Group Inc., a Mission Viejo company that operates nursing homes in several states, has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare for unnecessary procedures performed on its patients. Two former Ensign Group therapists had accused the company in whistle-blower lawsuits of performing the unnecessary rehabilitation therapy at six skilled-nursing facilities in California. Although the lawsuits were filed in 2006, the government contended that the fraud lasted from 1999 to 2011.
August 24, 2012
Re "Ryan plan may hurt disabled the most," Column, Aug. 21 Without Medicare, those of us who have pre-existing conditions will have difficulty getting health insurance. After we lost coverage because of a layoff, Blue Shield, which was at the time one of the three companies in California's program for high-risk patients, would not insure my husband because he has acid reflux and takes medication for it. I was turned down because I was a six-year cancer survivor. Apparently, Blue Shield forgot it was part of the high-risk program.
August 30, 2012
Re "It's Medicare vs. the economy," Opinion, Aug. 26 Doyle McManus says that neither the GOP nor the Democrats wants to focus on saving money from Medicare, and that for candidates it's a choice of either talking about Medicare or the economy. With Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the GOP ticket has boldly opened up a national discussion on Medicare and entitlement reform. Democrats can try to frighten and demonize Romney's and Ryan's ideas, but at least they are taking a leadership position that is totally lacking from the president and the Senate.