John Petraglia, Newport Beach Pain Doctor, Probed by State Medical Board for O.D. Deaths

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The state medical board may strip a Newport Beach-based pain management specialist of his license to practice after an investigation into the deaths of two patients who died of prescription drug overdoses.

A California Medical Board spokesperson says Dr. John Petraglia, who has International Pain Medicine offices on Dove Street and in Fresno, could have his license revoked or suspended.

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Aliso Viejo's Courtyard Healthcare Center Sued over Alleged Physical Assault on Elderly Patient

A patient who claims to have been assaulted last month by an employee at an Aliso Viejo nursing home is suing the owner for alleged elder abuse, negligence, assault and battery, as well as negligent hiring and supervision. The Long Beach office of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby announced it filed the suit Tuesday against Covenant Care California, LLC, the manager of Courtyard Healthcare Center in Aliso Viejo, on behalf of Clara Cranford.

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Dr. Jay W. Calvert, Newport Beach-Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Cleared of Insurance Fraud

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Orange County prosecutors dropped their medical insurance fraud case against popular Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Jay W. Calvert.

"I am satisfied that this thorough investigation into my practice has yielded a favorable, complete and just result," says Calvert, who also has an office in Beverly Hills, in a statement.

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State and Hoag Hospital Reach Abortion Pact

NOT one of the options to seek the procedure elsewhere.
The state of California and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian have reached an agreement that allows the Newport Beach medical center to continue refusing to perform elective abortions so long as patients are given options to seek the procedure elsewhere.

The pact was necessitated after Hoag changed its abortion policy in the wake of partnering with St. Joseph Health System, a Roman Catholic organization, to create the countywide Covenant Health Network.

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Who is Patient Zero in OC's Measles Outbreak?

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The characteristic measles rash

California is currently in the midst of a historic measles outbreak, with 49 cases confirmed since the beginning of the year, compared to only four cases during the same time in 2013. Orange County is the hardest-hit county, with 21 confirmed cases of the measles--over double any other county. But the most surprising fact might be that, according to Orange County Public Health (OCPH), over half of Orange County's confirmed cases--11--can be traced back to one person.

Who -- and why -- is Orange County's Patient Zero?

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Anaheim Doctor Put on Probation, License Temporarily Suspended After Awkward Lunch Date With Teenage Patient

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Hozair Syed, a doctor who lives in Anaheim, won't be able to practice medicine for the next month. Once he's done with his suspension, he'll be put on seven years probation, during which he'll be unable to practice on his own, treat female patients, supervise assistants, and a whole mess of other restrictions.

Why? Well, that's what he gets for taking one of his patients on what could be the most awkward lunch date since George Costanza's many escapades

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Van H. Vu, Fountain Valley Pain Doctor, May Lose License Due to Patient Overdose Deaths

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Fountain Valley pain doctor Van H. Vu has been linked to 17 patient deaths, and the California Medical Board would like to suspend or revoke his license to practice for three of them.

The board alleges in a complaint disclosed Friday that Vu failed to address signs of trouble and continued prescribing powerful narcotics--at times in higher doses and dangerous combinations--to the patients.

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Everybody Roy Chi Wing Lung Tonight! Bizarre Hospital Thief Pleads Guilty and Gets Two Years

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One of the most bizarre thieves I can recall writing about pleaded guilty this week to stealing surgical equipment from Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and
was immediately sentenced to two years in jail.

Former doctor Roy Chi Wing Lung, 46, of Los Alamitos, wore scrubs and slept in hospitals during previous thefts but he added a wig while stealing surgical equipment from the Fountain Valley facility.

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Augustus Ohemeng, Buena Park Doctor, Loses Medical License After Defrauding Medicare of Millions of Dollars

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Augustus Ohemeng

Remember guys, if you want to be a successful doctor, don't defraud Medicare; you'll probably get your license revoked. That's what Buena Park Doctor Augustus Ohemeng apparently forgot. His medical license was automatically revoked effective last Tuesday after he was found guilty of six felony charges of defrauding Medicare connected to Long Beach-based Pacific Clinic.

Doctors at the clinic falsely prescribed hundreds of patients feeding systems, sending them off to get the systems from their friends. The doctors in turn received a $300 kickback for each referral.

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Michael D. Drobot Signs Plea Deal to Testify Against Slimed Legislator Ron Calderon

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Before state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) turned himself in to federal authorities Monday and later pleaded not guilty to public-corruption counts that could send him to prison for 396 years, a 69-year-old Corona del Mar businessman admitted to orchestrating the wide-ranging conspiracy and illegal-kickback scheme.

Michael D. Drobot, the former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, filed a plea agreement Friday that will have him testifying against Calderon and copping to two counts that could send him to federal prison for as long as 10 years.

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