Saturday, October 29, 2011

AB 655 (Hayashi's Hypocrisy) : The Sequel

LAWMAKER MARY HAYASHI CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING is the title of an article posted on SF GATE from the San Francisco Chronicle, 10/29/2011.


Here's the facts as they've been reported so far: Hayashi was shopping at Neiman Marcus and left the store with items priced at $2,450. She checked out at the register without paying for these items, got stopped by security, was taken to the Tenderloin Police Station, and was booked on one count of felony theft. She is eligible for three years in prison if convicted although as a new arrival to the felony theft scene a full three-year sentence is not expected. Her mouthpiece said she was "distraught" at the misunderstanding whereby she inadvertently by-passed the cash register and walked out of the store with the goods.

We are willing to post this story as reported but we'll wait for her defense and court judgement before drawing final conclusions. In the meantime, we'll explain why we've learned not to trust her anyway.

During the hearings on AB 655 she repeatedly told everyone and anyone who would listen that there was no opposition to the bill even though by this time it was known that there were dozens of private objections to the bill that had been sent not only to her office but also to the relevant legislative committees. All were ignored by Hayashi and her staff. Instead of thoughtful reply, we were told there was "no opposition." Technically, there's some truth to this assertion because there were no negative votes in the legislature. So it was not a complete lie that there was no opposition. There was, however, enough disception to dishonor her office and to sully the reputation of another assemblyperson who contributed to the deception in a sham speech and charade on the Assembly floor (which we have on video for appropriate release, like at election time).

It's not as though this instance were the first and only example of sub-standard conduct reported to have been committed by Hayashi. Two years ago it was reported that she used $202,212 from her own campaign money to assist her attorney spouse to win election to the Alameda county bench.

But there's plenty of soiled linen to pass around. Here's the latest from our reporter in Anaheim where the California Medical Association met last week. Jim Hinsdale, MD, out-going president of the CMA, proudly told the CMA attendees that AB 655 was one of CMA's more important legislative successes this year (CMA was actually the sponsor of this bill). Jodi Hicks, now in charge of lobbying for the CMA, dismissed assertions that the bill allows sham peer review.

The legislation was reportedly intended to enable transfer of peer review information about doctors among hospitals in order to prevent doctors who were shown to be incompetent from moving from hospital to hospital without full disclosure.

The legislation as written, unfortunately, enables hospital administrations to transfer material that is false and defamatory even if it is known that the information is false and defamatory. It enables and protects false witness. In essence it allows the equivalent of peer review blackmail.

When strenuous efforts were made in good faith to amend the bill resistance came from the CMA CEO, Dustin Corcoran, who spoke with the undersigned and allowed a snippet of amended language, just not enough to allow expungement of false and defamatory language. Some believe that the real force behind the bill was the California Hospital Association and that the basic ideology is to enable control of doctors by hospital administrations and foundations.

R.V. Rao, MD, Chief of Surgery at his hospital, says that "it is time to file ethics charges against this legislator to the California legislative assembly for blatantly misleading the California legislative assembly." We think that's a good idea.

The next step is for hospital committees that do peer review and credentials to meet and confer and decide what they need to do before the first lawsuits are filed in which the individual doctors serving on these committees are sued for defamation. The law may protect peer review and lawful conduct. It does not protect illegal activity.

The hornets are beginning to swarm. Committees at two hospitals known to this writer have already held meetings in which the topic was how to protect themselves as committee members from the consequences of this incompetent legislation.

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