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The “Patient dumping” scheme in Workers’ Compensation

Eureka! I think I figured out how employers or at least my former employer, Adventist Health (that religious hospital/healthcare corporation), saves money on the treatment of my work-related injury – they pawn it off on my private insurance. I think it’s the Workers’ Compensation (WC) version of a patient dumping scheme. Over the past several […]

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So, I caused my cardiac issue or so says Adventist Health

As I ended in my last post, I left my internal medicine consult with the need to get a cardiac clearance before I could be cleared for right shoulder surgery. Once again, Adventist Health (that religious hospital/healthcare corporation) left it to me, the injured worker, to make all the necessary arrangements to secure the needed […]

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If I thought getting medical clearance would be easy I was seriously mistaken!

As you all may know; and in case you didn’t; clearances (not the kind you get at Nordie’s) but the medical kind are as much a part of the surgical process as are the nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologist. So in short you can’t have one without the other, at least for the planned surgical procedures, […]

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The problem with corporation “values” statements

Mission and value statements can be very helpful in defining what drives corporate culture, but they can also shed a light on a corporation’s weaknesses. While gathering information on Adventist Health I stumbled on their corporate website (https://www.adventisthealth.org/pages/about-us/mission-vision-and-values.aspx). After reading their published values I found I couldn’t help but adding my “two cents” to reflect […]

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Having to make your own way to get your care

You’d think that Adventist Health, you know that religious, hospital/healthcare corporation would do everything in their power to ensure that their employees who suffered a work-related injury would get care in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, that’s not been my experience, especially with what should’ve been my final surgery. As I posted yesterday, I suffered a […]

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What happens when you “code” during a Workers’ Compensation approved surgery?

You’d think that if you surfer a life threatening emergency while undergoing a surgical procedure you’d think that your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurer carrier wouldn’t question your surgeon’s medical decision – but that didn’t happen in my life-threatening moment. Here’s what happened. After several years of going back and forth with Adventist Health (who’s self-insured) […]

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When Workers’ Compensation fails the injured worker!

Just a little over a year ago tragedy struck San Bernardino (SB) County when two radicalized individuals attacked SB County employees during a training/holiday party. 14 people were killed and 22 more were seriously injured that fateful day on December 2, 2015. Flash forward a year and the public discovered that many of the 22 […]

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I think I’ll title this post “The Los Angeles Times motto ‘Don’t Publish the Story Especially when it comes to the LA County Board of Supervisors’”

A couple of weeks ago the LA County Board of Supervisors ordered the boardroom cleared, went into closed session and when they returned kept the meeting closed to all but the press. They did this in response to a disruption caused by a handful of protestors. Unfortunately, few in LA County are probably aware that […]

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LA County Board of Supervisors thumb noses at Brown Act and the Public yet again!

Over the past several months, the Board of Supervisors has implemented many rules that have in my opinion slowly eroded the Public’s rights as permitted under the Brown Act. However today I think I observed the most egregious abuse of their authority and complete disregard for the Public and our right to address them, not […]

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Candidates for the 5th District are “duking it out”

The LA Times may have endorsed Najarian for the 5th District, but my money is on Barger to be the one elected to fill the soon to be vacant 5th District seat. As a long time county observer I strongly feel that we need some institutional memory on the Board, and its apparent to me […]

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