Health care providers are expanding their reach in San Diego's wealthier northern communities as declining reimbursements and changes to the delivery system under the Affordable Care Act alter the economic environment for health care. by Lisa Zamosky, California Healthline Regional Correspondent
We asked legislators, stakeholders and consumer advocates to weigh in on a bill before the state Legislature calling for the state to establish a minimum amount of charity care for private, tax-exempt not-for-profit hospitals.
California legislators will "look carefully" into allegations raised in a union report accusing officials at University of California medical centers of understaffing and mismanaging the system's five teaching hospitals. by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
A crowdsourcing game staged by the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto attracted more than 600 players from disparate parts of the world who compared and competed with ideas about what hospitals should look like in the future. by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
Three rural, stand-alone hospitals in the Inland Empire's High Desert are facing serious financial challenges. Victor Valley Community Hospital in Victorville, Colorado River Medical Center in Needles and Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree are pursuing different strategies to regain financial solvency. by Lauren McSherry, California Healthline Regional Correspondent
A new master's degree program at UC-San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering is designed to help working engineers meet the evolving demands of one of San Diego's fastest-growing industries -- medical device design and manufacturing. by Lisa Zamosky, California Healthline Regional Correspondent
Tulare Regional Medical Center has quadrupled the number of new mothers exclusively breastfeeding in the hospital, moving from one of the lowest rates in Tulare County to the highest in just four years. by Alice Daniel, California Healthline Regional Correspondent
Safety-net hospitals are facing a double-whammy of funding cuts: The Affordable Care Act lowers Medicaid payments to hospitals for uncompensated care and changes in Medicare reimbursements could mean further reductions in payments to safety-net hospitals. by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
With a chronic shortage of hospital beds, Inland Empire hospitals are expected to be sheltered from fiscal pressures from the federal health reform law, and at least one hospital has plans to expand instead of making cuts. by Lauren McSherry, California Healthline Regional Correspondent
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 George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
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.
We asked experts and policymakers how the state can best take advantage of competition and consolidation in the health care industry to ensure that the entire system -- and ultimately California consumers -- benefit.
A new report showing hospitals' considerable economic impact in San Francisco reinforces the widely held contention that consistent job growth makes the health care industry a bright spot in an otherwise bleak economic landscape. by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
Want to know how national health care reform might look? Take a look at what California's public hospitals are doing. They are in the second year of a five-year plan that shares many of the same goals as the Affordable Care Act. by David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau
Kaiser Permanente is launching a hospital design competition looking for new ways to use technology and facility design to deliver care in a small hospital. The international contest, which includes compensation of up to $750,000 for finalists, is open to students, architects, engineers, designers and multidisciplinary teams. By George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor