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Richard Deem
Works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Attended California State University, Los Angeles
Lives in Los Angeles, CA
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Cedars-Sinai is contributing hundreds of millions of dollars each year to defray the cost of care for the low income under- and uninsured:
· Cedars-Sinai is, by far, THE largest provider of care for Medicare patients in California, providing 60% more Medicare services than the next largest provider (135,000 patient days), at a $300 million loss in FY13. (In other words Cedars-Sinai was paid $300 million less than their costs.)
· Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest providers of care for Medi-Cal patients in the state, at an $85 million loss in FY13. (They were paid $85 million less than their costs.)
· A full 55% of their patients are covered by Medicare or MediCal.  
· In NO case does Cedars-Sinai ever charge uninsured or underinsured low income patients more than what would be paid by Medicare for their services (and remember, Medicare pays Cedars-Sinai less than their costs).
· Cedars-Sinai has established a very generous Financial Assistance program that offers significantly discounted or free care for those earning up to 450% of the federal poverty level, which equates to approximately $106,000 for a family of four. (Cedars-Sinai lifted the government-required 200% level by more than two times so that more patients can qualify.) 
· Every patient who is uninsured gets a discount, regardless of income – 75% for inpatient; 65% for emergency; 40% for outpatient.  Then, if they can’t afford the 25%, 35% or 60% balance, Cedars-Sinai screens them for charity care and assist with or waives their remaining balance. 
Cedars-Sinai waived approximately $47 million for the cost of charity care in FY13 to cover all or significant portions of the bills for these qualifying patients.
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I read your comment on the Tree of Knowledge.  I recommend you read "The Moral Emphatic".  It clears up the confusion on this topic.  Here's the link.   http://www.amazon.com/THE-MORAL-EMPHATIC-Baudy-Joseph-ebook/dp/B00F59SL8Y   You can also just google it.
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  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Scientist, 1992 - present
  • UCLA Medical Center
    Research Associate 4, 1983 - 1992
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Alhambra, CA
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Richard Deem earned his bachelor of science degree in biological sciences at the University of Southern California. He received his master of science degree in microbiology from California State University, Los Angeles, and has been working in basic science research since 1976. He has authored and co-authored a number of studies, included several areas of molecular biology and genetics, immunology, inflammatory bowel disease, natural killer cells, and infectious diseases. In addition, he has presented his work at a number of national and international scientific meetings. Mr. Deem has been working for Dr. Stephan Targan since 1983 and is employed as a Researcher/Specialist in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Rivkah Gonsky on the role of T-cells in inflammatory bowel disease, specifically on transactivating nuclear factors involved in activation pathways of lamina propria (gut-associated) T-cells.

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  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Medical Microbiology, 1976 - 1979
  • University of Southern California
    Biological Sciences, 1972 - 1976
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