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April 22, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
University of California regents agreed to pay $10 million to the former chairman of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who had alleged that the well-known medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. The settlement reached Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court came just before closing arguments were due to begin in a whistleblower-retaliation case brought by Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, a surgeon who was recruited to UCLA in 2009 to run the orthopedic surgery department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
State inspectors making a surprise follow-up visit to UC Irvine Medical Center last week found two deficiencies in "medication management" and issued an "immediate jeopardy" warning, alleging that patient care was at risk, hospital officials acknowledged Thursday. The warning, which was lifted Wednesday, is one of the most serious that can be issued to a hospital. UC Irvine Medical Center's chief executive, Terry A. Belmont, disclosed the findings by state inspectors working on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in e-mails sent to the staff this week and last week.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
One of the state's largest employers, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, said it would eliminate more than 1,800 positions as it struggles with drooping membership, uncertain healthcare reform and shriveling Medicare reimbursement rates. Job reductions will occur within the next few months, the Oakland-based nonprofit said Tuesday. Many of the purged positions -- just under 2% of Kaiser employees -- are temporary, on-call or short-hour. Most Kaiser medical centers in California will be affected.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2007 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
As he piloted his new, $1.4-million helicopter from his Apple Valley home to Orange County one recent morning, Dr. Prem Reddy enjoyed a cloudless view of his growing empire. Today, the five-seat Eurocopter EC120 whisks him to Anaheim, where he recently agreed to buy two hospitals. On other days, he sweeps over endless miles of gridlock to his facilities in Sherman Oaks, Huntington Beach and San Diego.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
A national report card on patient safety gave a failing grade to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, one of the country's most prestigious hospitals and one of only 25 nationwide to receive such low marks. In a report issued Wednesday, the Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave a letter grade of F to UCLA Medical Center for performing poorly on several measures tied to preventing medical errors, patient infections and deaths. Leapfrog withheld a failing grade for UCLA in June when it released its first-ever hospital safety scores to give low-performing hospitals time to show improvement.
HEALTH
September 13, 2012 | By Karen Ravn
Until now, doctors have pretty much called the shots in the doctor-patient relationship. But change is on the way. Patients, say ahhhhh - it's about to be all about you. The new approach is called patient-centered care, and it's a very good thing, according to Dr. James Rickert, the founder and president of the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics in Bedford, Ind. "It will mean better outcomes, more satisfied patients and lower costs," he...
BUSINESS
May 10, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Chemed Corp., which owns plumbing and drain-cleaning service Roto-Rooter, agreed to sell its Patient Care Inc. unit to investors led by Schroder Ventures Life Sciences Group for $70 million in cash. Patient Care sells home health-care services mostly in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Chemed said. The unit had $139.2million in sales last year. The sale of Patient Care will allow Chemed to concentrate on its maintenance and repair business, Chief Executive Kevin McNamara said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Rong-Gong Lin II
Los Angeles County will stop housing psychiatric patients at a mental unit it leases in Rosemead, citing "numerous patient life-safety deficiencies," and instead will add beds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus in Willowbrook. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $3.57-million expansion of the Augustus F. Hawkins Comprehensive Mental Health Center inpatient unit at King's Willowbrook campus, south of Watts. The renovations will add 26 beds to the 41-bed center, replacing the 24 beds at the county-run unit in Rosemead.
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