Roby says average pay of non-profit hospital CEOs is about $600,000 nationwide. He says capping salaries wouldn’t necessarily bring health care savings.
“I do think limiting hospital pricing could bring down health care costs. It’ just that I don’t think making people set the charge master at 25 percent over actua," says Roby costs doesn’t necessarily fix hospital pricing.”
The Service Employees International Union’s Dave Regan says hospitals are the biggest driver in health care spending.
“There’s a culture of pricing, and doing business that has just lent itself to driving the cost of care up,” says Regan.
But hospitals say capping hospital charges could force cutbacks in staff and services. And Jan Emerson Shea at the California Hospital Association says the CEO salaries are justified.
“These are very dangerous and deceptive initiatives because they don’t get at the underlying causes of why health care costs rise," warns Emerson.
One of the highest paid California state employees’ unions has tentatively agreed to contribute a portion of members' salaries to retiree health benefits.
More California voters support the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest Field Poll. And in a fresh round of findings, the survey shows broad support for raising California's minimum wage and cigarette tax.
Quest Diagnostics is paying the federal government $1.79 million to resolve allegations of false claims. That word today from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento.
Health insurance rates will rise an average of 4 percent next year for people buying insurance through California’s health exchange.
Covered California will announce its 2016 health insurance rates Monday.