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280,000 Sutter Health members spared from loss of their doctors  
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The public battle between Blue Shield of California and Sutter Health came to an end Friday, with the two sides announcing they€™d reached a two-year contract agreement that keeps more than 280,000 Northern and Central California consumers from having to find new doctors and hospitals. While the terms of the contract are confidential, both the health insurer and the large network of hospitals and physicians said they were pleased to reach an agreement and apologized to their customers for the potential disruption. €œWe sincerely regret the frustration our patients experienced as the negotiations took longer than necessary €” especially when the final agreement is extremely close to the reasonable offer we made to Blue Shield several months ago,€ said Dr. Steve Lockhart, Sutter Health€™s chief medical officer, in a media statement. The showdown started when the two non-profit health companies were unable to reach a new contract agreement before it expired at the end of last year. €œIt€™s awesome negotiations can work to overcome barriers and keep from putting up roadblocks to the health of the community and putting patients through chaos and anxiety,€ said Auerbach, a child development specialist on a Blue Shield Medicare plan. Other Sutter entities affected by the negotiations were California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Castro Valley€™s Eden Medical Center and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
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The Nooner for January 30th

 

Still haven't gotten the laptop situation fixed and am thus typing on my phone! Guess I am buying a new Macbook today. Have a great weekend!

And, happy 70th birthday to my dad (Sunday)!

 


 

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  • One year ago, Sergio C. Garcia, the nation's first undocumented lawyer was sworn in as a lawyer licensed to practice in California. On Saturday, Jan. 31, The Sergio C. Garcia Foundation brings a fundraiser celebration to  Sacramento, "Bringing Justice Forward." The Library Galleria, 828 I Street, 5:00 to 9:00 PM, $50.00 per person, dinner, music, the funds going to youth scholarships. tinyurl.com/pxzayzu, or 530 899 7373. 
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