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Health leaders: ‘Ambitious’ Obamacare goals tough to implement

By   /  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, East Ventura County, Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Health leaders: ‘Ambitious’ Obamacare goals tough to implement

Uncertainties shrouding Obamacare implementation are leaving many health-care providers strained, and consumers are thus far seeing few of the cost cuts promised by the overhaul. That was the theme that emerged from a March 18 forum in Santa Barbara hosted by nonprofit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

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Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast Health Watch, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears

Sansum Clinic’s planned merger with Cottage Health System remains on track despite the possibility that the partial government shutdown could delay an anti-trust review of one of the region’s biggest health care deals. And the biggest physician group in Santa Barbara County says it hopes to be able to join the Covered California insurance exchange Read More →

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Cottage, Sansum deal signals M&A wave

By   /  Friday, June 21st, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cottage, Sansum deal signals M&A wave

The two largest health care providers in Santa Barbara are in talks to merge just weeks after the city’s only free clinic system said it may shut down, potentially marking the emergence of a dominant market player with unprecedented power in price negotiations with private insurers and the government. Sansum Clinic and Cottage Health System Read More →

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Attorney general owes us straight answers in health care investigation

By   /  Friday, September 28th, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Attorney general owes us straight answers in health care investigation

Thanks in part to Obamacare and in part to an aggressive move by California’s attorney general, this is a historic moment for health care in the Tri-Counties. As I write this column, more than half the population of the region is served by a hospital that is in the early stages of an antitrust investigation. Read More →

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California attorney general probe targets region’s hospitals

By   /  Friday, September 28th, 2012  /  Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on California attorney general probe targets region’s hospitals

The California medical industry is pushing back against an antitrust investigation launched by the state’s attorney general, saying the probe into the consolidation of hospitals and doctors’ offices goes against the newly-enacted Affordable Care Act’s coordinated approach to health care. California’s attorney general’s office sent subpoenas to Santa Barbara-based Cottage Health System and San Francisco-based Read More →

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BioIQ deal helps Cottage keep pulse on employee health

By   /  Friday, August 24th, 2012  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on BioIQ deal helps Cottage keep pulse on employee health

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Goleta Cottage garners $2M from Cavalletto Charities

By   /  Thursday, June 28th, 2012  /  Latest news, Nonprofits, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Goleta Cottage garners $2M from Cavalletto Charities

Santa Barbara-based Cavalletto Charities gave $2 million to the fundraising campaign to rebuild Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, the health system announced June 27. Cottage is rebuilding its Goleta facility to meet a state mandate that requires all hospitals in California to be retrofitted to withstand a major earthquake and to accommodate new medical technology. When Read More →

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