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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1998
Re "CalOPTIMA's Success," Nov. 15 editorial: As a "traditional" provider who was providing care for those covered by Medi-Cal before the implementation of CalOPTIMA, I viewed the implementation of the county-run plan with much trepidation, since the population served by this plan comprised the bulk of my practice. In fact, I immediately arranged a business loan because I knew the cash flow of my practice would be at least temporarily compromised, even in the event of its success.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1997
Re "A Very Good Report Card," Oct. 15 editorial: The Times lauds Cal-OPTIMA for its high score on a state audit, implying that access and quality of care were good. Unfortunately, the audit merely measures compliance to minor requirements such as record keeping and calibration of medical equipment. The critical deficiencies resulting from the flawed structure of this program are not subject to review by such audits. Cal-OPTIMA accepted medical funds which, to begin with, were inadequate to cover the costs of care, and turned them over to an assortment of managed care plans.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2010
2011 Kia Optima Base price: $19,690 Price, as tested: $27,440 Powertrain: 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic Horsepower: 200 at 6,300 rpm Torque: 186 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm Curb weight: 3,323 pounds Wheelbase: 110 inches Overall length: 190.7 inches EPA fuel economy: 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway Final thoughts: Kia's best pejorative...
BUSINESS
February 7, 1995
Optima Technologies said Monday it has agreed to sell its computer disk systems with software produced by Adobe Systems Inc. in Mountain View. Optima will include Adobe's well-known graphics and video programs with its systems that store computerized information on magnetic and optical disks. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The goal of the two companies is to sell their products to markets such as graphics-design firms and video production companies, an Optima spokeswoman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1998
Re "O.C. Largely Healing Service to Poor Patients," Oct. 25: I am glad to see that CalOPTIMA is at last getting the recognition it deserves for accomplishing what the old Medi-Cal system could not: providing the poor with access to comprehensive health care services and fine physicians. Several years ago, Medi-Cal patients had great difficulty finding physicians who would treat them; it was nearly impossible to find a specialist. Today, for the first time, Medi-Cal patients have a real choice among doctors and no longer have to use emergency rooms for routine care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1997
As one who has been actively involved in health care issues in Orange County and California for over 14 years, I read with interest your Feb. 5 article about CalOPTIMA's services to the disabled population. The issue of appropriate access for Medi-Cal patients did not just arise with the implementation of CalOPTIMA. As chairman of Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim during the late 1980s, I saw increasing numbers of patients, including women in late stages of labor, presenting themselves at our emergency department for care.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Kia Motors Corp.'s U.S. unit recalled 9,461 Optima sedans because wiring for the driver's side air bag can be damaged by the seat-adjustment mechanism. The South Korean auto maker's dealers will reroute the wiring to eliminate the problem, Kia said in a statement. The work will take less than an hour and be done without charge, the company said. Kia began selling the Optima in the U.S. in late December.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1994
This is to correct an error and to give credit where credit is due. The error was in a letter of mine about the county program OPTIMA, which you printed Nov. 20. What I said in the letter was based upon misinformation gleaned while talking with OPTIMA. Credit is due to Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder. Even though I do not live in her district, her office phoned me, asking if I had talked with OPTIMA. When I told Wieder's assistant that OPTIMA was where I had gotten my information, she told me that existing patient-doctor relationships will be continued and that there will be no problem about repeat visits for my ongoing conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES
CalOPTIMA, Orange County's Medi-Cal managed care program, has six vacancies on its Member Advisory Committee. The volunteer positions must be filled by individuals who can adequately represent patients who are disabled, Medi-Cal beneficiaries, senior citizens, children, welfare recipients or foster home residents. The committee meets monthly to advise the CalOPTIMA board on how to best serve members' needs. Each position carries a two-year term, beginning in July.
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