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Trends in end-of-life care show that not only does the care given vary widely from region to region and hospital to hospital, but also patients often don't get the care they prefer. What can be done?
Chronic diseases and the cost of care are rising. Are disease management programs improving outcomes for patients with complex, chronic conditions?
Under the "direct primary care" model, patients pay a monthly fee for basic medical services. Learn about the history and current landscape of physician practices offering this arrangement.
March 13, 2012
A survey finds that most California small business owners are worried about rising health care costs. However, findings show that many respondents were unaware of federal assistance for offering worker health benefits. Sacramento Business Journal.
Nearly 12,000 caregivers could be affected by Gov. Brown's proposed budget, which would cut $2.9 million in state funds from caregiver resource centers. If the cuts are enacted, some of the centers might have to close or reduce services, according to caregiver advocates. HealthyCal.
Some groups have praised HHS' newly released final rule on health insurance exchanges, saying it emphasizes flexibility. However, some GOP governors have criticized the rule for failing to offer details on how the exchanges run by the federal government will operate. Reuters et al.
State Controller John Chiang reports that February revenues were $146.3 million below expectations. Lawmakers are waiting for tax revenues in March and April before considering cuts included in Gov. Brown's budget plan. Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" et al.
The 26 states challenging the health reform law have filed a brief with the Supreme Court reiterating their opposition to the law's Medicaid expansion. They argued that the required expansion undermines the program's state-federal partnership. The Hill's "Healthwatch" et al.
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 bill calling for the state to include race and ethnicity data when compiling health care quality statistics was approved in an Assembly floor vote yesterday.
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by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
Health care issues generated $35.7 million in lobbying last year in California, leading the way to a record year. Lobbyists earned more money from more clients in California in 2011 than ever before, according to the secretary of state.
by Sarah O'Hara, California Healthline Contributor
Hospitals increasingly are employing physicians, while independent doctors are teaming up to jointly contract with health insurers -- driven in large part by the Affordable Care Act. Both trends have led to larger provider networks, though the effect on health care costs is not yet clear.
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