Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay a $4 million fine over allegations it denied some patients timely access to mental health services.
After 60 years, emergency ambulance service came to an abrupt stop at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo Thursday morning as the financially embattled hospital struggles to staff its emergency room.
The measure proposed by Supervisor Mark Farrell was approved by a 9-2 vote and will allow court-ordered treatment for the severely mentally ill.
The city of Berkeley now requires medical marijuana dispensaries to give away 2 percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients.
Officials in Sonoma County say a thumb drive containing health records of nearly 34,000 patients was stolen from a Santa Rosa medical office last week.
Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, the only hospital in west Sonoma County, is scheduled to close Monday because of declining patient admissions and low reimbursement for treating most of its patients.
Calling it a giant step forward, researchers at UC San Francisco urged the medical community to reconsider how they treat patients hospitalized with anorexia nervosa, following the study of 56 anorexic patients who were treated with a higher than normal caloric diet during the recovery process.
The report looked at price differences for different areas of the state, with some hospitals charging 250 percent more than others.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will decide whether to close a long-term care facility in Burlingame, a move that could cost as many as 200 jobs and force the transfer of 230 patients who live there.
Thousands of nurses walked out on Thursday and will not be allowed to return until Saturday.