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“Affiliation” continues to be more than a buzzword in Orange County’s hospital world. The latest affiliation happened this month when St. Joseph Hoag Health and Children’s Hospital of Orange County said they were creating an accountable care organization. CHOC and St. Joseph Hoag Health are going to share in the financial and medical responsibilities of managing and providing care to patients. The institutions said the affiliation’s goals include improving quality, enhancing patients’ experience, and creating “efficiencies through collectively attending to patients’ needs and avoiding unnecessary treatments.”

HMOs’ Membership Up, PPOs’ Numbers Down 3%

Kaiser Leads HMOs List, Anthem OC’s Biggest PPO

Health maintenance organizations had a year of growth in Orange County.

Dental HMO, PPO Memberships Drop 1% to 2M-Plus

Delta Dental Plans Still At Top of List of 13 Plans

Managed dental care plans saw a slight drop in their Orange County membership during the past year.

Health System Increases Oversight Due to Reform

Audit Unit; Punishment For Noncompliant at CalOptima

Orange-based CalOptima is intensifying its work with providers to tackle a tighter government regulatory landscape.

Hospitals Closely Watch State Reimbursement Case

Appellate Decision Could Bring Wide Implications

Hospitals in Orange County and other areas are keeping their eyes on a long-running reimbursement case that could reach the California Supreme Court.

Healthcare REIT Sale Winner for Griffin-American

Former Grubb Offering To Be Sold for $4 Billion

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II in Irvine, an owner of healthcare-related real estate properties that has ties to Grubb & Ellis Co., appears to be one of the few winners emerging from the brokerage company’s short-lived stint as an Orange County-based company.

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Masimo Receives FDA Warning Letter

Irvine-based Masimo Corp. has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration on its manufacturing practices, the company said today in a regulatory filing.

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SEC Looking Into Valeant, Pershing Square

The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP to determine if there has been a breach of insider trading laws in their hostile bid for Irvine-based Allergan Inc., according to reports.

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Saddleback Medical Center Conversion Studied

Saddleback Medical Center Conversion Studied

Fountain Valley-based MemorialCare Health System said today that it would do a feasibility study with an eye toward converting the San Clemente campus of its Saddleback Memorial Medical Center to an ambulatory healthcare campus.

Pignatelli Resigns From Biolase Board

Federico Pignatelli, a director of Irvine-based Biolase Inc., resigned from the company’s board and withdrew his nomination for election at its upcoming annual meeting.

Confie Makes Trio of Brokerage Buys

Huntington Beach-based Confie Seguros Insurance Services Inc. acquired three brokerages to add to its growing list of offices nationwide. Terms were undisclosed for all three transactions.

Software Maker Bought By Texas Firm

A company in Austin, Texas, acquired San Clemente-based Benesan Corp., which makes specialized software for in-home, nonmedical patient care.

Arts Center Names Mazzo to Board

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa said James Mazzo is a new member of its board of directors.

Allergan Keeps Analysts Busy On Possible Scenarios

Company Would Buy With Cash; Docs Eschew Valeant

Irvine-based Allergan Inc.’s ongoing attempt to beat back Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s hostile takeover bid has provided plenty of grist for the analyst mill in recent weeks.