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Cottage-Sansum merger proposal tests virtues of integration

By   /  Friday, September 30th, 2016  /  Central Coast Health Watch, middle, Nonprofits, South Coast  /  Comments Off on Cottage-Sansum merger proposal tests virtues of integration

  State and federal regulators are grappling with a deal that could reshape the region’s health care landscape. The proposed merger of Cottage Health, operator of the only hospitals in South Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley, with Sansum Clinic, the largest physician practice in the area, raises questions about cost, quality and Read More →

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Cottage/Sansum merger could drive up cost of care

By   /  Friday, September 2nd, 2016  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories, Top Story  /  1 Comment

Cottage Hospital wants to merge with Sansum Clinic. Regulators are studying the proposal. (Nik Blaskovich)

  It was around 3 a.m. when Emily awoke in a cold sweat. She was short of breath as her fever reached 103 degrees in the midst of an asthma attack. Emily, whose real name has been changed to protect her identity, drove to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where she underwent a series of tests. Read More →

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Supreme Court clears way for religious organization workers to get free birth control

By   /  Monday, May 16th, 2016  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Supreme Court clears way for religious organization workers to get free birth control

The U.S. Supreme Court announced May 16 that it would not rule on a case regarding religious organization workers’ access to free birth control. It is looking to lower courts to explore a compromise. The Zubik v. Burwell case discusses whether freedom is infringed by an Obama administration rule regarding contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Read More →

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ACA challenging for small employers

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Op/Eds, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on ACA challenging for small employers

By Jim Wisdom The fourth quarter of 2015 promises to be one of the busiest and most challenging quarters in the history of the group health insurance industry. The reason for the change is the next phase of implementation for the Affordable Care Act. Employers who want to stay ahead of this enormous shift will Read More →

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Cottage looks to sell surgery center, Sansum merger delayed six months

By   /  Monday, April 13th, 2015  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Cottage looks to sell surgery center, Sansum merger delayed six months

The possible sale is an effort to smooth out any wrinkles with the Federal Trade Commission over the proposed merger with Sansum Clinic.

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As access to health care spreads, costs need reining in

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on As access to health care spreads, costs need reining in

Leaders in Santa Barbara’s health care community gathered for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s second-annual PHorum at the Fess Parker last Thursday evening to discuss the state of health services in the region.

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Dubroff: One doctor’s take on the state of Obamacare in 2015

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Columns, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: One doctor’s take on the state of Obamacare in 2015

Sansum Clinic CEO and Medical Director Dr. Kurt Ransohoff shares notes from inside the a White House conference on Affordable Care Act issues.

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