Hospitals that treat California’s poorest patients are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act’s drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety-net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Reporting.
Emanuel Medical Center did not contest that it’s the most heavily penalized hospital in California under quality improvement policies in the Affordable Care Act. In a response, the hospital said it has adopted quality improvements since being acquired by Tenet Healthcare Corp. in August.
A few hundred students competed Saturday in the History Day event in Patterson. This year’s competitors made presentations on topics including Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank and Joseph Stalin. The event is designed to help students learn college-level researching skills, while immersing them in impactful moments and people throughout history.
California is a major source of presidential campaign financing, and in the early race for money, Republicans are streaming into a state where fierce competition is already underway. Months before closely watched caucuses and elections in early primary states, California is experiencing its Iowa moment.
Valley Charter High School took a couple of dozen students to the SkillsUSA Region 5 competition in Stockton on Feb. 21 and came back with 28 medals. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.
Employees at the American Medical Response billing center in Salida will continue working on borrowed time, but their employer is firm about closing the office in mid-August, according to recent letters to Stanislaus County’s Board of Supervisors. Centrex Revenue Solutions notified the county that another 66 employees will lose their jobs when the operation comes to an end in August. They include medical records employees, billing assistants, quality assurance specialists, a mail room clerk and supervisors who were not included in previous layoff notices.
A defendant on Friday unexpectedly agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison for beating a Modesto couple before kidnapping and sexually assaulting their 3-year-old daughter more than 15 years ago.
The creator and executive producer of the new ABC drama series “American Crime,” John Ridley, spoke with The Modesto Bee about his new show. The series, which follows the families of the victims and the accused in the aftermath of a violent crime in the city, is one of the first to use Modesto exclusively as its backdrop. But aside from some scene-setting shots, the show was not filmed in Modesto.
TV Review: Modesto comes out looking neither terrible nor great in the new ABC drama “American Crime,” and that’s kind of the point. The new series tackles big-ticket issues such as racism, faith and immigration with raw emotion and strong acting.
The list of radicalized militants who grew up in a relatively small sliver of northwest London is striking. Two Somali men convicted of plotting to bomb the London public transport system July 21, 2005, lived within two miles of Mohammed Emwazi. A onetime amateur rapper who notoriously posed in Syria with a severed head grew up just a few streets away. A man who skipped bail in 2012, went to Syria and died there a year later lived a mile away.
The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns.
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