Physician-Hospital Employment: This Time It’s Different

Physician-hospital employment – particularly hospital acquisitions of medical groups and direct employment of physicians – is on the upswing, driven, in large measure, by structural changes in the U.S. health care system and generational shifts in physicians’ attitudes regarding work-life balance and loss of compensation due to reimbursement cuts. Read more…

Hi-Desert Medical Center opens Orthopedic Center

Orthopedic physicians from the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON) at Desert Regional Medical Center are now seeing patients in the Hi-Desert, including Desert Oasis patients. Known as Hi-Desert Orthopedics, the new center, a program of Hi-Desert Medical Center—is now open on the hospital campus, 6601 White Feather Rd., Suite A-5 in Joshua Tree. Read More »

Health Care Reform Memo: Health Reform 2.0 will likely be more challenging than the current chapter

My take: Health Reform 2.0 will likely be more challenging than the current chapter From Paul Keckley, Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions This is Monday Memo number 243 and my last. Friday, I retire from my role as Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions in Washington, D.C. Read more…

Long Term Care in California: Ready for Tomorrow’s Seniors?

The leading edge of the baby-boom generation is beginning to flood California’s long term care system. And the population of residents 65 and older is projected to triple by 2060. This report describes the state’s supply and use of long term care services, including Medicare and Medicaid spending on services, and quality of care. The oversight and regulation Read More »

IRS sets penalties for patients who skip reform coverage

The Internal Revenue Service has finalized penalties for individuals who do not obtain health insurance under healthcare reform. Under the final rules, the shared responsibility payment for not maintaining essential coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is based on the greater of either a flat dollar amount or a percentage of household Read More »


(LANCASTER, CA – June 26, 2013) — The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary is continuing their support of future healthcare professionals by awarding $10,000 in scholarships to local high school students pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. Ten students have been selected to receive $1,000 each for their healthcare-related studies. The recipients were chosen from Read More »

Contra Costa Times: Eden Township pledges up to $20 million for San Leandro Hospital survival

CASTRO VALLEY — Hopes that San Leandro Hospital will remain open as an acute care facility are a little brighter after the Eden Township Healthcare District  board of directors pledged up to $20 million in support. Eden Township, a grant-giving public agency without a hospital, had been petitioned for hefty financial support for the San Read More »

Healthcare District Awards 21 Grants Totaling $556,159

FALLBROOK – For the 2013-2014 year, requests for funding from the Fallbrook Healthcare District’s (FHD) grant program totaled over $650,000. “Every program presented was worthy of consideration,” said FHD administrator Vi Dupre. “Many of the applicants were experiencing increased demands for services while funding sources continue to diminish. The board of directors is diligent in Read More »

Hi-Desert Medical Center is Cooling Station

Hi-Desert Medical Center will once again serve as a “cooling station” for the Morongo Basin in the event of excessive heat or should Southern California Edison experience power outages during the summer. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. The cooling station at Hi-Desert Medical Center Read More »