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July 24, 2013
Re "Leave the patient satisfied," July 21 The problem with using patient satisfaction in determining federal reimbursements to hospitals is this: Some people are never satisfied. I have worked in healthcare in L.A. for 20 years, and I currently work in a major emergency room. I can tell you that patient satisfaction is often not based on the quality of care. There's the able-bodied patient who demands transportation assistance upon discharge. There's also the normally healthy patient who comes in complaining of a cough and becomes abusive when finding out there is a wait for a physician who, by the way, was treating a gunshot victim.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Port of Long Beach spent tens of thousands of dollars subsidizing the travel of spouses who accompanied harbor commissioners and staff on trips to Tokyo, Paris and Montreal despite city restrictions that ban such reimbursements, a city audit shows. The audit, which targeted five of the most expensive trips in the last two years, found that commissioners were able to get around restrictions by booking "companion tickets," which billed the spouse's flight as "free" but actually built in the costs, sometimes more than doubling the original fare.
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NEWS
April 22, 1986 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
The nation's universities face "serious damage" from uncoordinated federal policy changes, the head of a group representing top U.S. colleges said Monday, asserting that billions of dollars in annual aid and donations are at stake. Robert M. Rosenzweig, president of the Assn. of American Universities, said that the Gramm-Rudman budget-balancing law could cut as much as $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A San Fernando Valley businessman who admitted to illegally reimbursing campaign contributors during the 2011 municipal election faces a $45,000 fine from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Juan Carlos Jaramillo, 52, has already agreed to pay the proposed penalty, which stems from his fundraising activities in support of Rudy Martinez, who lost to City Councilman Jose Huizar. The Ethics Commission must decide Thursday whether to impose the fine or seek a different penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
County transportation officials moved Tuesday to tighten rules governing expense account meals after learning that the top eight officials at two agencies spent more than $18,000 on taxpayer-funded restaurant tabs last year. Gary L. Hausdorfer, chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority, said he has asked OCTA Chief Executive Officer Stan Oftelie to review all employee expense policies and recommend changes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1986 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Challenging a state policy that provides funds only to those school systems with court-ordered desegregation plans, the Long Beach Unified School District sued the state Thursday in an attempt to recover $28 million spent to desegregate its schools.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2001 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ford Motor Co. could be liable for $100 million or more in reimbursements to California customers who spent their own money replacing a faulty ignition part found in several millions of the company's 1983-95 models, a Northern California judge has ruled. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Michael Ballachey--who last year ordered an unprecedented recall of 1.
NEWS
September 14, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The San Diego Zoological Society could be forced to refund more than $500,000 to the state because it cannot account for hundreds of hours of training it was supposed to give zookeepers under a state-sponsored program, according to an audit released Friday. The audit, conducted for the state's Employment Training Panel, also found that the zoo submitted time sheets that showed 27 employees performed on-the-job training exercises when they were actually on vacation or sick leave.
NEWS
October 16, 1991 | SUSAN PATERNO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ruth Deadmon, a near mute, waits outside the office of Dr. Daniel Truong, desperately hoping her voice can be restored. Deadmon is typical of Truong's patients: She awoke one day with what she thought was laryngitis. It has lasted seven years. Deadmon's condition has become so severe she sometimes cannot eat. She no longer answers her phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1995
So, ex-Simpson juror Anise Aschenbach wants to embarrass Judge Lance Ito for not reimbursing her for $2,000 (Dec. 14). Aschenbach should be embarrassed for only giving the people, in People vs. O.J. Simpson, a morning's worth of deliberations! Judge Ito gave her a beeper and an escort to her rental property, he provided her with a law clerk to stay on the property to receive rental applications, and he arranged for a professional real estate manager to handle the renting of this property, all at taxpayers' expense.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - In a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare's system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation's senior citizens. The proposed fix still must be paid for, requiring lawmakers to come up with as much as $150 billion in savings from elsewhere in the budget. But there is optimism on Capitol Hill that the federal government will finally replace a dysfunctional 17-year-old system designed to control Medicare spending by limiting annual increases in physicians' reimbursements.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The "closed" signs at the national parks have been down for weeks but states still don't know whether they will be reimbursed by federal taxpayers for their costs of reopening landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty during the partial government shutdown. "This a federal responsibility," Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told The Times on Thursday, saying his state stepped in "because of dysfunctionality in Washington" and it's time for the U.S. government to reimburse his state "for the goodwill of the people of Utah.
OPINION
July 24, 2013
Re "Leave the patient satisfied," July 21 The problem with using patient satisfaction in determining federal reimbursements to hospitals is this: Some people are never satisfied. I have worked in healthcare in L.A. for 20 years, and I currently work in a major emergency room. I can tell you that patient satisfaction is often not based on the quality of care. There's the able-bodied patient who demands transportation assistance upon discharge. There's also the normally healthy patient who comes in complaining of a cough and becomes abusive when finding out there is a wait for a physician who, by the way, was treating a gunshot victim.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
When the California Public Employees' Retirement System told its Anthem Blue Cross members it would pay only up to $30,000 for a knee or hip replacement surgery, some patients shopped around for a cheaper hospital. What may be more surprising is that about 40 higher-priced hospitals in the state cut their surgery prices significantly to avoid losing patients. That response accounted for about 85% of the $5.5 million CalPERS saved over two years, researchers at UC Berkeley found, with the rest of the savings coming from patients opting for lower-cost hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills-based property developer is under investigation for allegedly using his daughters and two of his firm's attorneys to launder illegal campaign contributions to Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, according to a search warrant obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The warrant comes as the district attorney's influence-peddling investigation focuses on whether commercial property owners who contributed to Noguez - and received significant property tax breaks - violated the law by hiding the true source of campaign money to the assessor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The state agency responsible for protecting Californians from toxic contamination has spent more than $145 million over the last 25 years cleaning up hazardous waste sites but failed to collect reimbursement from the companies responsible for the pollution, according to information provided by the agency Thursday. The Department of Toxic Substances Control has never tried to collect more than $100 million in cleanup costs from polluters, an agency memo shows. In addition, the department has billed companies $45 million for cleanup costs that they have not paid, Director Debbie Raphael said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1998
According to your Aug. 11 editorial, you consider it a bad example for the House Oversight Committee to reimburse Robert K. Dornan because he lost his case. On the contrary, you set a worse example by not recognizing the fact that Dornan did not lose the case because there was ample proof of extensive voter fraud. And no doubt that there was much more than could be proved. At the outset of the investigation it was a given that voter fraud would be difficult to prove. Especially suspect are the absentee ballots that are cast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1998
The City Council refused to act Wednesday on a motion by Nate Holden seeking legal fees and other reimbursements from a former receptionist who sued the lawmaker for sexual harassment. Instead, the council referred the matter to a council committee dealing with the city's finances. Holden said he was disappointed by his colleagues' action. "I believe this sends a wrong message to taxpayers, who are in charge of the money that is being spent," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The overseers of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum concealed from the public independent reports of lax financial controls and widespread spending abuses at the taxpayer-owned stadium that included sloppy accounting of hot dog sales and excessive perks for managers, records show. Problems detailed in the reports by two independent audit and consulting firms compounded money woes that leaders of the Coliseum Commission cited as a chief reason they decided to turn over stewardship of the two-time Olympic venue to USC. The Times obtained the reports through the court as part of a pending lawsuit the news organization filed against the commission, alleging that the panel has violated the California Public Records Act and open-meetings law. The commission refused to release the reports when The Times first inquired about them in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles airport commissioners took additional steps Tuesday to halt a dramatic decline in passengers at LA/Ontario International Airport, including potential cost reductions for airlines and incentives that might encourage them to add service. Inland Empire officials, who are trying to wrest control of Ontario from Los Angeles, immediately criticized the measures, saying that they were too little and too late to lure flights back to what used to be one of the fastest-growing regional airports in the nation.
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