Until now, prosecutors have relied primarily on civil actions against hospitals suspected of dumping, often citing a state law regulating unfair business practices. The measure is intended to curb dumping, the practice of taking patients from a hospital by taxi or ambulance and leaving them on skid row downtown. Under the new law, a health facility would not be allowed to transport a patient to a location other than his or her residence without written consent. Under the proposed ordinance, hospitals could be criminally prosecuted for patient dumping and, if found guilty, could be fined, put on probation or both. “The only reason we are here is because people have been dumped on the streets,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the ordinance. Perry, who represents much of downtown, said the measure would provide the city attorney with additional tools to combat the problem. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill last October that would have prohibited hospitals from taking patients to locations other than their homes without patient consent. City officials said the proposed ordinance was necessary in part because their efforts to create a similar law at the state level had failed. Some hospitals have agreed to abide by strict discharge rules. The city attorney filed a case against Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center after Carol Ann Reyes, a 63-year-old discharged patient, was dropped off by taxi on skid row and videotaped wandering the area in a hospital gown in March 2006. LOS ANGELES — Hospitals that discharge homeless patients on the streets of Los Angeles without their consent could be charged with misdemeanors and fined up to $25,000 under a proposed ordinance that received preliminary approval Wednesday from the City Council. The council approved the ordinance by a 12-1 vote, with Ed Reyes and Bernard C. Parks absent and Tom LaBonge the lone dissenter. LaBonge said he thought that the city should not take responsibility for patient dumping without seeking the participation of Los Angeles County, which oversees public health for the region. Officials from the Hospital Assn. of Southern California, which represents more than 170 hospitals, opposed the ordinance, saying hospitals could risk losing federal funding if found guilty of a misdemeanor. Officials from the city attorney’s office disputed that interpretation of federal law. Jeff Isaacs, head of the city attorney’s criminal division, told council members the new ordinance “sets up clear guidelines” about what hospitals can do. In the last few years, city officials have mounted a concerted effort to halt patient dumping. The city attorney’s office has investigated more than 50 cases since 2005 but has filed cases against only a few hospitals. The city attorney also filed civil actions against Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and Methodist Hospital in Arcadia. A spokesperson for the city attorney’s office said that settlement discussions are underway with Hollywood Presbyterian, which was alleged to have dumped a homeless paraplegic man in February 2007. As part of the settlement of that case, Kaiser Permanente agreed to establish new discharge procedures, provide more training for employees and allow a former U.S. attorney to monitor its progress. Because the vote wasn’t unanimous, the measure will go before the council again next week. If a majority approves it then, it will go to the mayor for final approval. The Rev. Andy Bales, chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission, applauded the City Council’s action, calling it the culmination of “several years of struggle to make sure patients are properly discharged.”“If you can’t get help at a hospital,” Bales asked, “where can you get it?”
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EMSCAN will launch the EMxpert ERX – the fastest high-resolution EMC/EMI scanner at the DesignCon 2018. They have redesigned their EMxpert ERX – EMC/EMI diagnostic scanner to operate with a high-performance external spectrum analyzer. The company continues to grow its EMxpert product family based on its customers’ feedback.This EMC/EMI diagnostic system has been reinvented to assist high density board designers to visualize the root causes of potential EMC and EMI problems during pre- and post-EMC compliance testing. ERX enables the PCB and design engineers to diagnose EMC/EMI problems between 150 kHz and 8 GHz. ERX provides 8 levels of resolution (60 microns – 7.5 mm).Because of its unmatched fast speed and very intuitive GUI, the fastest high-resolution EMC/EMI scanner has been the go-to EMC/EMI scanner for major semiconductor, IC and high-density PCB manufacturer and designers. Now, they can use the EMxpert ERX with their high-end external spectrum analyzers. The EMxpert ERX is available to order. Click here for more information.ERX requires a very specific customer-supplied spectrum analyzer and PC running the ERX software. Click here to see the supported spectrum analyzer list.EMSCAN will also showcase the largest real-time antenna performance test system: RFX2. You can test large directional antennas with RFX2 in minutes.The Multi Co-planar Scan which is available only with the RFX2 enables power and pattern measurements at a single frequency or a series of frequencies for antennas with maximum dimensions of 2.32 m x 2.32 m (7.61′ x 7.61′). For more information, click here.
Registration for the various disciplines for tomorrow’s Boyce/Jefford Relay Festival and Family Fun Day closes today ahead of what is expected to be a riveting day of fun and competition at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary. Eight athletics clubs have already made a commitment to register in the athletics relay competition, including Police Progressive Youth Club, Guyana Defence Force, Mercury Fast Laners, Upper Demerara (Linden), Super Upcoming Runners, Flames Athletics Club (Hopetown, Berbice), Region Five Education Department (Berbice) and the University of Guyana.The Relay Events are: 4×100 Females; 4×100 Males; 4×400 Females; 4×400 Males; 4×200 Mixed Relay; 4×400 Mixed Relay; Sprint Medley Females (100m,100m, 200m, 400m); Sprint Medley Males (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m); Distance Medley Females ( 2400metres ) (400m, 600m, 600m, 800m); Distance Medley Males (2800metres) (400m, 600m, 600m, 1200m); Distance 4X800 Male and Female Relay.