In the Public Eye

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:49pm

If you’re in a smashup, have a burst appendix or heart attack – there are many rooms in a specialized hospital department that are gateways to life-saving care.  But I’m told I can’t call that place an ED. It’s still got to be called an ER. That’s because pharmaceutical companies have hijacked “ED” with certain TV ads (invariably at dinner time, prompting questions from young minds about a certain condition lasting an undesired and unhealthy four hours).
 


In the Public Eye

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 11:15am

It's the biggest controversy in health care -- in-store medical clinics. Really, it is.


The American Medical Association this week said it intends to ask state and federal agencies to investigate health and liability risks and potential conflicts of interest posed by retail clinics now operating in stores like Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS/Caremark and Target. There's something like 400 such clinics nationwide, but this regulatory uproar may slow expansion.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 8:58am

Three things you won't get while flying (one stop in Dallas) cross-country from DC to Fresno in economy: 1) a soft seat; 2) free gruel; 3) enough room to easily read a broad-sheet newspaper.


A five-day pile awaited my return, sun-bleached or well-irrigated copies of the Fresno Bee, Wall Street Journal and New York Times. And then all the on-line news alerts. Good thing I wasn't sleepy.


Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:59am

Coin of the realm in DC is $2.  That usually buys you a bottle of water, and you'll need to replenish the moolah frequently. Humid, thunder-showery, no-bottles-past-security, a normal stretch of June.


Friday, June 8, 2007 - 11:34am

It's chaos. It's criminal. It's contradictory. Here are some snippets from the nation's health care "system."



Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:53am

If you stumbled into the special May 30 meeting of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, you may need treatment for whiplash.


The topic, now nearly five months old: How to come up with just the right arcane language to satisfy county, state and federal bureaucrats and, ultimately, provide as much as $54 million in special federal Medi-Cal money over three years for Community Medical Centers to care for the  needy.


"We are that critical access point for those that don't have resources," Community CEO Tim Joslin told the supervisors.