Healthcare

The Messy And Public Breakup of Dave Regan And the Hospital Industry

Capitol Watchdog has been closely following the disintegration of the corporate collaboration between Dave Regan, president of Service Employees Int

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

A Joint hearing will be held about the transportation sharing economy, a topic that has struggled getting approval from committee chair Sen. Ben Hueso. The Fair Political Practices Commission will be getting an update about California legislation now being considered that could affect transparency, including changes to advertisement disclosure, lobbying procurement contracts and disclosure of contributions deadlines.

Find those details and more below: 

Will Convicted CA Dirty Doctor's Long Sentence Help End Opioid Crisis?

Though it has been six years since she was caught, the California poster child for dirty doctors, and how they contribute to America's Opioid crisis, has finally and justly been sentenced to a long prison term. 
 

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

This week marks the first public hearing into the Department of Motor Vehicles' new draft regulations for robot cars. In December, the DMV came out with strong safety protections requiring cars have a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals so humans can take over the cars. Google attacked the rules, but proved the DMV's point when its own data showed that human drivers had to take control of Google robot cars 341 times to avoid a crash or because technology failed.

Kaiser Gets Away with Hiring Regulator Who Worked on Mental Health Failure

If Kaiser Permanente can't evade the state's scrutiny into its mental health fiasco, it will just buy the regulators doing the scrutiny. And get away with it when caught. 

On Thursday, the Fair Political Practicies Commission approved a fine for a state official who was involved in the 2012 audit of Kaiser's mental health plan and then a month later started at the HMO and worked on responding to the survey.

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

A Medical Board task force (it's called Patient Notification, when it really should be Physician Probation Notification) will be discussing possible protocols for notifying patients about doctors on probation.

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