California Hospitals Lax on Patient Safety Without Malpractice Legal Reform

The abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers.

The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave nearly 40 percent of California hospitals a C, D or F grade. These poor grades revealed hospitals that were unable to significantly reduce infections, accidents and errors.

Committee Passes Bill that Requires Physicians Check Prescription Drug Database Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications

A key California legislative committee passed a bill today that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

Lawmakers Can Protect Privacy And Collect Taxes

Proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb should be amended to ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected.

Anthem Overcharging Consumers Another $33 Million For Health Insurance

Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject. 

Fallout After Attorney General Decision on Daughters of Charity Health System

After Attorney General Kamala Harris imposed conditions that a buyer, Prime Healthcare, declined to agree to on the sale of troubled Daughters of Charity Health System, supporters of her decision said other buyers would save all of the hospitals and services. But so far, no buyers have emerged, and the fallout has begun.
 

Chamber of Commerce Doing Bidding of Big Oil on Climate Change Bills

The California Chamber of Commerce's usual and powerful response to meaningful climate change legislation is to call it a "job killer."
 
In 2006, the Legislature passed groundbreaking AB 32, which aimed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming to 1990s levels by 2020. The Chamber said that it would be a job killer and push businesses out of the state. It lost that battle, and nearly ten years later, the predictions proved false.
 

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