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September 20, 2012
As a practicing internist, I would like to comment upon the state and federal government's existing and expanding penalty and fine system for local hospitals and physicians who treat elderly patients who may require longer hospital stays or readmission. (“Hospital readmission rate is too high,” Sept. 16). All of the local hospitals do an excellent job in caring for our elderly Americans. This system of fines and penalties has little to do with quality of care issues and more to with coding, compliance and rationing of health-care dollars.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Last week the president gave an interview stating that his greatest mistake was that he didn't sufficiently sell his policies to voters, i.e. he didn't bang the drum loud enough for health care. Really? The truth is, most Americans never believed what he said. They were right. Keep you doctor and your insurance? No. Reduce premiums? No. Lower the deficit? No. Lower the “cost curve” for medical expenditures while adding 30 to 40 million uninsured? No. Not raise taxes? No. This is a massive new entitlement program run by the HHS in conjunction with a fifteen-member board that will decide what medical services will be available, and to whom.
NEWS
By Dan Evans | March 25, 2010
Depending on the route, I pass up to three hospitals on my way home from work. Not bad for a commute that clocks in just short of seven miles. Passing by those august steel and glass buildings used to make me feel safe. Now, it just makes me sad. Just about everyone I know has had an issue of some kind of another with health care. The mother of a friend of mine got hit with a six-figure bill for end-of-life care of her husband — and they were insured. My own stepmother died in a San Diego hospital bed following supposedly uncomplicated neck surgery.
FEATURES
February 8, 2007
Not only is Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services the largest, nonprofit children's mental health and welfare agency in Los Angeles County, but it has now earned further distinction having recently received the Joint Commissions's Gold Seal of Approval. By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Hathaway-Sycamores has earned the special designation, the highest level of accreditation that a behavioral health care organization can achieve.
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By Nancy Turney | March 18, 2010
Q. I thought that Medicare would pay for three months in a convalescent hospital, but my husband is being discharged after only two weeks. I thought that Medicare would pay for three months in a convalescent hospital, but my husband is being discharged after only two weeks. Martha, La Cañada ? Your confusion arises because of the difference between ?skilled care? and ?custodial care.? Skilled care is health care given when you need skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to manage, observe and evaluate your care.
NEWS
August 20, 2009
Letters to the Editor Maybe La Cañada should issue script The Los Angeles Times recently reported that some cities and communities are printing their own money, better known as “script.” It’s perfectly legal and is used within the cities. La Cañada should do it! Similar to real currency, if there is such a thing anymore, they have denominations, the city’s name or other identification, and graphics depicting something unique to the city like the picture of the Capitol building on a Federal Reserve note.
NEWS
August 11, 2005
President George Bush and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives have betrayed America's veterans by failing to provide needed funding for veterans' health care. The chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), told the administration that an additional $2.5 billion is needed to provide medical care for the 103,000 American soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Rather than face reality, President Bush and the Republican House leadership punished the Congressmen who exposed gross errors in the Bush budget.
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September 20, 2012
As a practicing internist, I would like to comment upon the state and federal government's existing and expanding penalty and fine system for local hospitals and physicians who treat elderly patients who may require longer hospital stays or readmission. (“Hospital readmission rate is too high,” Sept. 16). All of the local hospitals do an excellent job in caring for our elderly Americans. This system of fines and penalties has little to do with quality of care issues and more to with coding, compliance and rationing of health-care dollars.
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NEWS
July 18, 2012
Last week the president gave an interview stating that his greatest mistake was that he didn't sufficiently sell his policies to voters, i.e. he didn't bang the drum loud enough for health care. Really? The truth is, most Americans never believed what he said. They were right. Keep you doctor and your insurance? No. Reduce premiums? No. Lower the deficit? No. Lower the “cost curve” for medical expenditures while adding 30 to 40 million uninsured? No. Not raise taxes? No. This is a massive new entitlement program run by the HHS in conjunction with a fifteen-member board that will decide what medical services will be available, and to whom.
NEWS
March 21, 2012
Verdugo Hills Hospital is in merger talks with other health care providers in the region, including Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Verdugo Hills spokeswoman Celine Petrossian confirmed Wednesday that the independently owned, 158-bed hospital on the border of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge is in discussions regarding mergers or strategic alliances. In a prepared statement, Petrossian said a change could “improve our ability to meet the challenges of healthcare reform.” “Securing our future insures good stewardship of our responsibility to our donors, our physicians, and our hospital staff, but most importantly, it strengthens our ability to serve our patient community,” she said.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
Did you catch the Republican/Tea Party Presidential debate? It seems that the Tea Party movement has a vision for the United States - we should set as our goal the ruinous policies that led to the Great Depression. Herbert Hoover believed firmly that government should stay out of the way of business, and that there should be no government regulation of business or of investment policies, even as America sank to the depths of the Depression. Government could offer no solutions for reversing the 25% unemployment rate of the early 1930s.
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By Nancy Turney | January 19, 2011
Q. What are the major changes to Medicare due to health-care reform?   To refresh your memory or for those new to Medicare, Medicare's Part B is out-patient visits, Part D refers to drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans are HMOs. Among the changes that take effect in 2011 are these: •Part D participants receive a 50% discount on brand-name drugs and a 7% discount on generics when they are in the Part D coverage gap, also known as the "donut hole. " •All beneficiaries with Medicare Part B are entitled to a free wellness exam once a year which is not subject to the Part B deductible ($162 in 2011)
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | April 29, 2010
They don’t call them the golden years for nothing — that was the message Sunday at the first Lust for Life Senior Expo hosted by the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. The event included more than 20 workshops featuring yoga, ballroom dancing and financial management. And two dozen vendors, including Verdugo Hills Hospital, the Pasadena Senior Center and the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, distributed information about active lifestyle activities. Some attendees enjoyed back massages at the Health Source booth, while others played with rescue dogs from the Pasadena Humane Society.
FEATURES
April 5, 2010
The health care reform measure passed by the House and signed into law by President Obama this week is being challenged by religious rights groups who claim that “the law treats religions unequally and forces adherents to be part of a healthcare system that violates their religious beliefs on abortion.” One lawsuit has been filed that claims “that forcing individuals to participate in a healthcare system that supports abortions violates their First Amendment right to freely follow their sincerely held religious beliefs.
FEATURES
April 1, 2010
The health care reform measure passed by the House and signed into law by President Obama this week is being challenged by religious rights groups who claim that “the law treats religions unequally and forces adherents to be part of a healthcare system that violates their religious beliefs on abortion.” One lawsuit has been filed that claims “that forcing individuals to participate in a healthcare system that supports abortions violates their First Amendment right to freely follow their sincerely held religious beliefs.
NEWS
By Dan Evans | March 25, 2010
Depending on the route, I pass up to three hospitals on my way home from work. Not bad for a commute that clocks in just short of seven miles. Passing by those august steel and glass buildings used to make me feel safe. Now, it just makes me sad. Just about everyone I know has had an issue of some kind of another with health care. The mother of a friend of mine got hit with a six-figure bill for end-of-life care of her husband — and they were insured. My own stepmother died in a San Diego hospital bed following supposedly uncomplicated neck surgery.
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