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In Calif.: Hospital Laptop Thefts, KP Joins Heart Attack Transfer Network

A collection of health care news stories from California.

Los Angeles Times: Laptop Thefts Compromise 729,000 Hospital Patient Files
Thieves steal two laptops containing patient data from an administration building of San Gabriel Valley-based AHMC Healthcare. The hospital group is uncertain if the data were accessed or used. ... The laptops were stolen Oct. 12 and contain data from patients treated at [six]AHMC hospitals (Winton, 10/21).

Los Angeles Times: Kaiser To Join L.A. County Transfer Network For Heart Attack Care
Amid concern among some experts that the healthcare giant had been slow to act, Kaiser Permanente has announced it will join a Los Angeles County patient transfer network that quickly gets victims of severe heart attacks to specially equipped hospitals to reduce chances of serious complications or death (Brown, 10/21).

California Healthline: L.A. County Officials Predict Substance Misuse Care Will Expand Under ACA
Some experts in Los Angeles County, which is in the middle of a five-year strategic plan to deal with substance abuse, predict that substance abuse treatment will be the region's single biggest increase service demands under the Affordable Care Act. ... The division expects a significant proportion of the region's population with substance abuse problems to be eligible for subsidized coverage, said Wayne Sugita, SAPC's deputy director (Stephens, 10/21).

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