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Salinas hospital spurs legislation on CEO contracts

July 26, 2012
By Melissa Flores As Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s board of directors looks for a financial partner to pull it out of a bind that threatens future service in the community, a state politician is taking aim at one of the policies that put the Salinas hospital in a precarious state.

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Disabled kids more likely to be victimized

July 25, 2012
Disabled kids more likely to be victimized By Mary Flynn Children with disabilities are at nearly four times greater risk of being a victim of violence than those without a disability, according to a recent analysis. Advocates have long been aware that disabled children are at an increased risk of being exposed to violence, but the study revealed the extent of the problem for the first time.

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Navigating patients to better health and lower costs

July 23, 2012
By Lynn Graebner A pilot program in Santa Cruz helps low-income patients navigate the health care system. "We need to provide these services because we’re a compassionate community, but we also can’t afford not too,” said Eleanor Littman, Executive Director of the Health Improvement Partnership.

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Latest numbers show California regaining strength

July 22, 2012
Think California's economy is bad? It certainly hasn't returned to full health since the ravages of the Great Recession. But a couple of pieces of economic data released Friday show once again that the state is not the job-killing machine that some try to paint it as.

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Accountable care organizations aim to cut costs, increase quality

July 18, 2012
Accountable care organizations aim to cut costs, increase quality By Lynn Graebner Across the country, doctors, hospitals and insurers are forming new healthcare entities to increase the efficiency and quality of healthcare, and lower the cost of it. Called accountable care organizations (ACOs), these groups are gaining ground, even though critics consider them a repackaging of HMOs—some of which have given managed care a bad name.

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Bill would collect more data on homeless

July 16, 2012
Legislation pending in the state Senate seeks to strengthen the collection of data on the number of people homeless in California. Courtney Keith has the story.

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Hear Hear

July 16, 2012
Hear Hear By Robert Fulton John Tracy Clinic brings hope to hearing impaired children – and their parents.

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Clinic treats pain with “addiction drug”

July 12, 2012
Clinic treats pain with “addiction drug” By Julia Landau After years of strategizing, Highland Hospital departed from convention with the Pain Management and Functional Restoration Clinic. Both chronic pain and opiate addiction are endemic in the low-income communities that make up their patient base. They wanted to address the first problem adequately, without adding to the second - so they turned to an "addiction drug."

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Dental clinic provides much needed care to kids with special needs

July 10, 2012
By Callie Shanafelt At Oakland Children's Hospital, a dental clinic - and a dedicated dentist - help special needs kids keep their teeth healthy.

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Making restaurants healthier in California

July 9, 2012
New York City is making headlines right now with its proposal to limit the sale of large sugary drinks in the city. But California leads the nation when it comes to statewide policies aimed at making restaurants healthier – and there’s plenty more we can do.

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