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InTouch says court decision strengthens its patent portfolio

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Health Care, Law, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on InTouch says court decision strengthens its patent portfolio

A federal appeals court has handed down a mixed result in the legal battle InTouch Health waged against a lower-priced competitor, finding that the Goleta company’s patents were valid but had not been infringed.

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Court upholds InTouch Health’s patents

By   /  Thursday, May 22nd, 2014  /  Health Care, Latest news, Law, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Court upholds InTouch Health’s patents

A federal appeals court has handed down a mixed result in the legal battle InTouch Health is waging against a lower-priced competitor, finding that the Goleta company’s patents were valid but had not been infringed.

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CenCal-USC dispute highlights Medi-Cal pricing issues

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Health Care, Law, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on CenCal-USC dispute highlights Medi-Cal pricing issues

A USC hospital is demanding $2 million for a surgery performed on a Medi-Cal patient from Santa Barbara County, more than 25 times as much as Santa Barbara County officials believe the procedure should have cost.

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CMH launches residency program to combat coming doctor shortage

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on CMH launches residency program to combat coming doctor shortage

Ventura County’s Community Memorial Health System has embarked on an ambitious effort to address a severe shortage of family doctors that is looming nationwide. About a third of physicians now practicing are age 58 or older, Community Memorial President and CEO Gary Wilde said in answering questions after a State of the Health System address Read More →

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Costly eye drug drives up region’s Medicare bills

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Features, Health Care, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Costly eye drug drives up region’s Medicare bills

A Santa Barbara eye doctor and a drug that costs $2,000 per dose are at the center of the debate over how to control the spiraling cost of Medicare.

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The eyes have it when it comes to Medicare payouts

By   /  Monday, April 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Health Care, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on The eyes have it when it comes to Medicare payouts

Of the 3,286 individual doctors in the Tri-Counties who billed Medicare for reimbursements in 2012, fewer than 1 percent received more than $1 million from the federal program.

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Health care prices under scrutiny in Sansum-Cottage merger

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Health Care, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Health care prices under scrutiny in Sansum-Cottage merger

As the regulatory review of the proposed merger between Cottage Health System and Sansum Clinic  stretches to the six-month mark, a recent federal court ruling points out key issues that arise when a dominant hospital system buys a major physician group. In an Idaho case decided earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission intensely focused Read More →

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