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Newly updated to include breast cancer, prostate cancer, and spine procedures, this CHCF-sponsored research shows that practice patterns vary dramatically from place to place.
Medi-Cal is the main source of health insurance for one in five Californians. An updated report gives an overview of the program's key features, describes how the program is evolving, and examines the challenges ahead.
CHCF is a long-time sponsor of the UC Irvine Forecast Conference. A webcast of this year's conference on health policy in President Obama's second term is now available.
May 07, 2012
A Kaiser Family Foundation report finds that Medicaid spending increased from $330 billion in fiscal year 2007 to $400 billion in FY 2010, partly because of increased unemployment and lower incomes during the recession. Reuters.
Gov. Brown has issued an executive order establishing a task force to develop strategies for reducing health care costs and improving residents' health. The group will assess ways to curb chronic health conditions and cut hospital readmissions, among other efforts. Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert."
Last week, Massachusetts lawmakers introduced state legislation that aims to control rising health care costs. The bill would establish a growth rate for health care spending and create a quasi-governmental entity to enforce the rate. Boston Globe's "White Coat Notes" et al.
The Board of Chiropractic Examiners has passed a regulation barring chiropractors from using laser therapy to treat allergy symptoms. Some say the move is an attempt to convince lawmakers to drop a bill that would stop chiropractors from performing any allergy treatments. Sacramento Bee.
Dev GnanaDev plans to resign as medical director of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center at the end of June after serving in the role since 2000. Gov. Brown has appointed Lora Connolly -- former chief deputy director of the California Department of Aging -- as director of the agency.
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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Premium rates for health insurance through Covered California will be higher, but not as high as predicted -- and coverage will be better.
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by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
California health plan officials say the experience of shifting seniors and persons with disabilities into Medi-Cal managed care plans over the past year will help as the state moves dual eligibles -- beneficiaries of both Medicare and Medi-Cal -- into managed care this year.
"As a former Chief Medical Officer of a Medicare Advantage plan that focused on covering underserved secondary markets, inclduing dual elgibibles and "Special Needs" members, I can attest to the significant needs of dual eligible individuals. When do..."
- Frank Apgar
by Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor
A long-awaited biography of Lyndon Johnson goes inside White House strategy in the early 1960s. Does the battle to pass Medicare hold any lessons for today?
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