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California public health agency opposes superbug tracking bill

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| The Department of Public Health says a bill designed to increase superbug tracking in California would not provide an accurate picture of the scope of infections.

Is your doctor drug tested? That depends on where he works

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What are hospitals' drug policies for the doctors who work on their campuses? Some conduct drug tests, some don't. It can get complicated.

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After rating brunch spots, you can Yelp a maternity ward

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Yelp is known for reviews of restaurants, car mechanics and hair stylists, but now it has C-section data on hospital maternity wards in California.

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Overworked OBs in Riverside deliver huge number of babies

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Experts say there’s a serious shortage of obstetricians in the U.S. A study of 50 cities found that Riverside and L.A. are near the top of the list.

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LA to test an approach to more quickly help stroke victims

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The pilot program will deploy a specialized ambulance outfitted with a CT scanner to test and treat stroke victims in the crucial first hour after a stroke occurs.

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Suit: Blue Shield improperly denied mental health, drug claims

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The insurer's guidelines allow it to "justify denying coverage when it should have been provided," a plaintiff's lawyer says. "We disagree," says Blue Shield.

Kaiser cited — again — for mental health access problems

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Despite three warnings and a $4 million fine in 2013, the state says Kaiser Permanente still fails to provide members with appropriate mental health care access.

When it comes to cancer surgery outcomes, volume counts

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A California study says complications from certain cancer surgeries are much more associated with hospitals that performed those operations only once or twice.

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