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Today’s LA Times reports that 15% of hospital beds in LA and Orange Counties are at risk because of financial problems. But hospitals are charging more too, and skeptics raise questions about how well they’re managed. On Reporter’s Notebook, crime has dropped on LA’s Skid Row—at least in the short term.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook L.A.’s Safer Cities Initiative, One Year Later 8 MIN, 34 SEC

LA’s Safer Cities Initiative was launched just a year ago to address the homeless living on ‘Skid Row’, a square mile of downtown Los Angeles.  The area was flooded with police officers and crime has dropped by 40%.  Mayor Villaraigosa says he wants to “continue the momentum.”  But what is likely to happen next?  At UCLA, law students reviewed some 15,000 pages of public records from the LAPD, the City Attorney’s Office and the city’s Homeless Authority. They also interviewed more than 200 people to come up with a one year assessment.

Guests:
Gary Blasi, UCLA Law School

Main Topic How Serious Is the Financial Crisis Facing LA Area Hospitals? 15 MIN, 48 SEC

Today’s LA Times reports that almost two dozen hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange Counties are in danger of bankruptcy or closure. That could mean a loss of 15% of available hospital beds.

Guests:
Rob Fuller, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Downey Regional Medical Center
Carol Meyer, Chief Network Officer, LA County Department of Health Services
Glenn Melnick, Director of the Center for Healthcare Finance Research at the USC School of Policy Planning and Development

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