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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.
April 24, 2012
A report from the board of trustees for Medicare and Social Security predicts that Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund will become insolvent in 2024. The projected insolvency date has stayed stable since last year. AP/Washington Post et al.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has released a plan for reorganizing state prisons and improving health care services for inmates. The plan seeks to end federal oversight of prison health care by the end of 2013. AP/Contra Costa Times et al.
A new California Taxpayers Association report outlines $7.3 billion in operational savings and non-tax "revenue enhancements" in state and local governments. The findings could help critics of tax hike plans developed for the November ballot. Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert."
According to a report from CMS' Office of the Actuary, provisions of the health reform law that curb excessive payments to some private insurers and enact new anti-fraud policies could help curb Medicare spending by more than $200 billion through 2016. Modern Healthcare et al.
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that public opinion on the federal health law remains unchanged from last month. However, more residents are aware of the law's individual insurance mandate, according to the poll. Wall Street Journal's "Health Blog" et al.
Tom Lenox of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michael Plopper of Sharp HealthCare Behavioral Health Services, Sherrie Rubin of the not-for-profit organization HOPE and Robert Wailes of the California Medical Association's board of trustees spoke with California Healthline about prescription drug misuse.
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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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by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
Starting with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who set the tone on the first day, mental health care and its role in the evolving health care system emerged as a recurring theme last week at the Association of Health Care Journalists' annual conference in Atlanta.
by Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor
Myth or fact: There's no such thing as an honest Medicare budget. Why the latest blow-up over health care accounting is symptomatic of a larger problem.
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Consumer Group Criticizes Exchange Rates for Being High
Jones Wants Anthem Excluded From Small Business Exchange
Lawmakers OK Spending Plan, Medi-Cal Expansion Legislation
County, State Officials Reach Agreement on Expanding Medi-Cal
California Faces Several Unique Challenges in ACA Implementation
U.S. Senators Ask HHS To Review California Exchange Disclosure
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Medi-Cal Dental Coverage Partially Restored
Plan for Autism Medi-Cal Benefit Rejected
Yamada Takes a Lonely Stand on ADHC Bill
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