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A growing number of Californians are being sent to ambulatory surgery centers for a wide variety of procedures, yet little is known about the care they deliver because reporting is not required.
See how human-centered designers answered our challenge to encourage more people to complete advance directives and document their end-of-life wishes.
Even with new federal resources to help, a study finds that communities with weaker safety-net systems are lagging in preparations for health reform.
February 27, 2012
Lawmakers plan to investigate why most cases involving deaths and injuries of patients with developmental disabilities at state institutions are not being seen through to prosecution. California Watch, KQED's "California Report."
Members of the Senate Committee on Health recently held a hearing to question officials from Prime Healthcare Services about their billing and medical practices. The hearing came one day after Prime announced the resignation of its CEO Lex Reddy. Los Angeles Times et al.
On Friday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced a proposal that would increase the Medicare eligibility age by one month per year starting in 2022. According to Romney, the eligibility age would increase on pace with life expectancy. Wall Street Journal, AP/Contra Costa Times.
Gov. Brown recently met with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and requested authority to charge Medi-Cal beneficiaries copayments for visits to emergency departments, physicians and dentists. Sebelius said there are legal issues to consider regarding the proposal. Los Angeles Times et al.
Medicare Advantage plans differ widely in how they define and detect fraud, according to a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is pursuing new policies aimed at reducing improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans. Modern Healthcare, AP/UT-San Diego.
April Armstrong and Thomas Nesbitt of UC-Davis Health System, Mario Gutierrez of the Center for Connected Health Policy, Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner in California, and Jonathan Lopez, a dermatology patient, spoke with California Healthline about a new law that expands and streamlines telehealth services in the state.
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A legislative committee yesterday questioned a proposal to "de-link" some provisions of the Coordinated Care Initiative and to expand the role of the Department of Finance in the state's plans for covering Californians eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal.
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California hospitals, already under significant financial pressure in 2012, may have to contend with two proposed state ballot initiatives that would increase charity care provisions for some hospitals and limit what hospitals can charge patients. We asked stakeholders to weigh in on the initiatives.
"Jerry Brown and unions are one in the same. They scratch each other's backs when ever they can."
- Dana Juncker
by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
In a report released earlier this month -- "One Year of Innovation: Taking Action to Improve Care and Reduce Costs" -- the CMS Innovation Center summarizes what it's been up to in its first year of existence: 16 initiatives involving more than 50,000 health care providers in all 50 states.
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Consumer Group Criticizes Exchange Rates for Being High
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County, State Officials Reach Agreement on Expanding Medi-Cal
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U.S. Senators Ask HHS To Review California Exchange Disclosure
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Medi-Cal Dental Coverage Partially Restored
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Yamada Takes a Lonely Stand on ADHC Bill
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