Kaiser Permanente

Heart surgeon Dr. Mike Bauer and his team perform open heart surgery on Troy Sanders at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Feb. 1, 2007, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath)

USC and Kaiser in legal battle over payment for surgery

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two medical giants in Southern California have begun a legal slugfest with each other. Keck Hospital of USC has sued Kaiser Permanente, accusing California’s largest HMO of sending one of its […]


Palm trees stand in front of the famed Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Hospital expansion in Hollywood to open June 3

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center today unveiled a four-story, 113,000-square-foot addition that includes a meditation room, pharmacy, laboratory space and state-of-the-art technology. The addition is set to open to the public […]


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Flu shot season begins

PASADENA (CNS) – Starting Saturday, Kaiser Permanente will offer flu vaccines at clinics across Southern California. “The flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, even lead to death,” said Dr. […]


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No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide. Those efforts were part […]


California Health Insurance Exchange

California won’t use health insurer ratings on site

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The state’s consumer web site for health insurance coverage won’t post quality ratings alongside the monthly price for plans. The Los Angeles Times reports consumer groups are disappointed by the decision […]


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Public officials criticize Kaiser for rate hikes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One of California’s biggest insurers is drawing complaints from employers who say the company’s policies are no longer the bargain for quality care that they once were. The Los Angeles Times […]


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Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) — If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good […]


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Hip replacements more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study shows that hip replacements are more likely to fail in women than in men. Researchers found that a small number of the hip implants failed overall, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery.


Nurse in hospital

Health union alliance could threaten larger rival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival’s dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.


Teen birth control

CHICAGO (AP) – Teenage girls may prefer the pill, the patch or even wishful thinking, but their doctors should be recommending IUDs or hormonal implants  – long-lasting and more effective birth control that you don’t […]




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