October 27, 2014
By Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., J.D., UAPD President
If they pass, Propositions 45 and 46 will amount to nothing but trouble for doctors. Take Proposition 45. Up to this point California’s insurance rates have been regulated by an independent commission. Prop 45 would shift that awesome power to one political figure, the Insurance Commissioner. He or she would undoubtedly become the pressure point from a variety of political and special interest sources. From a human and organizational perspective this model is unfair and unstable. In the health care insurance arena carriers are already restricted by the ACA to 20% administrative fees. Anything more than 20% must revert back to patient services. Under Prop 45 Covered California, which arduously negotiated rates for millions of lives, might have to reboot all their negotiations. But from the strictly self-serving perspective of doctors, the biggest danger of 45 is the probable reduction in our reimbursements. This would undoubtedly occur if rates to health plans were ratcheted downward.
As for Proposition 46 you probably have already heard all the arguments against it in the media or in our Spring UAPD CME. That it is a money grab by trial attorneys that will pad their pockets via more frivolous lawsuits. That higher malpractice awards will spawn higher insurance premiums for both patients and doctors. It could drive specialists out of practice. That the random drug testing policies under Prop 46 are capricious and potentially mischievous. That the mandatory use of the CURES database would be cumbersome, expensive and potentially compromise patient privacy. There are other, more practical ways to provide consumers medical care at lower cost, as well as restitution for bad outcomes. These two propositions, as written, are a null set.
October 18, 2014
Gardner providers had their first E/PERC Committee meeting on October 16, 2014. Union members and management came together to discuss several issues impacting providers’ schedules and workloads. This E/PERC shall be an ongoing committee between labor and management, which will convene to address Medicine, Dental, and Optometry. The first meeting focused on Medicine’s scheduling templates, work flow, and best practices. Read more …
October 16, 2014
Bargaining between UAPD and California State University began with a meeting in May, and then talks were put on hold for the summer months. Our contract, which normally would have expired on June 30th, has been extended, so all language remains in effect during negotiations.
The UAPD CSU Bargaining Team and the CSU Chancellor’s Office began meeting again on October 6th and 7th. After two days of bargaining in Long Beach, we remain at odds about how to reach a settlement. Our next meetings will take place on November 13th and 14th.
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October 12, 2014
Classes 2230, 2232, and 2233 will receive salary increases ranging from 10.8% at the highest Steps to 12.1% for Steps 3 through 5, effective January 3, 2015.
These raises are the final installment of increases that your bargaining team successfully fought for in UAPD’s 2012-2015 contract with the City. As always, hourly and annualized pay for all Steps can be found on the City’s Classification and Compensation website: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=32
Negotiations for a successor contract will begin in early spring. A bargaining survey will be distributed to all Union members via email at that time.
September 30, 2014
For several years UAPD members and staff have been working to improve employee and patient safety at the Department of State Hospitals (DSH). Alongside other unions representing DSH workers, UAPD has been promoting legislation aimed at curbing violence and assaults inside DSH. Several of those bills were passed into law this year. This is a major victory, and a significant step forward in our campaign to curb violence against doctors and other medical professionals. It’s also an example of what can be accomplished when doctors, the UAPD and AFSCME legislative departments, and our professional staff work together as we have done here.
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