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Community Medical Center Long Beach Says It Will Discontinue Inpatient Services Premium Content
Nov 9, 2017

Another hospital in California is slated to close its inpatient services due to pending deadlines to make seismic upgrades.

C-Section Rates Cut In California Premium Content
Nov 9, 2017

A campaign to reduce the use of Cesarean sections in California is bearing some fruit.

            According to an article recently published on the Health Affairs blog, the rate of first-time C-sections occurring at the end of low-risk pregnancies in California dropped from 28.3% in 2015 to 25.5% during the first half of 2017, a reduction of about 10%. The statewide C-section rate also dropped from 26.5% to 25.1%, a reduction of about 4%.

California Premature Birth Rate at 8.6% Free
Nov 9, 2017

According to the just released March of Dimes 2017 Premature Birth Report Card, California had a Preterm Birth Rate of 8.6% in 2016, with a Grade B, compared to the overall national rate of 9.8% with a grade of C. 

California Medicare Advantage and PDP Enrollment - October 2017 Free
Nov 9, 2017

As of October 2017, 5,840,008 Californians are eligible for Medicare, with 2,394,995 enrolled in Medicare Advantage (41.0%, compared to 11.2% nationally.) 2,243,335 are enrolled in Prescription Drug Plans (38.4% compared to 44.6% nationally.)     
           
Source: Monthly Enrollment by State, October 2017, CMS    

Transgenders in California Struggle With Mental Health Issues Premium Content
Nov 2, 2017

California’s transgender population is more likely to attempt suicide, have suicidal thoughts or have mental health issues interfere with their ability to get through the day, according to new data from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Latino ACA Enrollment Now Up In Air Premium Content
Nov 2, 2017

Latinos, who just a year ago were highly sought customers for the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace plans may not get the same hard sell this year.

            The Trump administration’s laissez-faire approach toward the upcoming enrollment period for the health law’s insurance marketplaces could reverse advances made in the number of Latinos with coverage, fear navigators and community activists.

DMHC Fines Kaiser $205,000 Premium Content
Nov 2, 2017

The California Department of Managed Health Care has fined Kaiser Foundation Health Plan $190,000 for improper responses to enrollee grievances, records show.

OPA Releases Annual Health Plan Report Cards Premium Content
Nov 2, 2017

California’s Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) has released its annual health plan report cards, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan again received the top scores. The report cards measure the state’s 10 largest HMOs and six largest PPOs.

            The Oakland-based Kaiser was the only plan rated “excellent” (four out of four stars) by patients in Northern and Southern California for the quality of the care received. It received three stars (“good”) for patient experience in both regions.

Covered California Offers Reassurance As Open Enrollment Kicks Off Premium Content
Nov 2, 2017

The Covered California health insurance exchange has announced that consumers who do not qualify for premium subsidies will pay an average of $115 per month less for coverage in 2018 than this year due to what the organizations calls a “healthy risk mix.” Open enrollment began on Wednesday.

Nine Medi-Cal Coverage Fast Facts Free
Oct 30, 2017

1. Medi-Cal covers nearly 13.5 million Californians
2. Nearly 1 in 3 Californians have Medi-Cal coverage
3. Medi-Cal covers 1 in 2 of births in the state
4. Medi-Cal covers nearly 49% of California kids under age 12
5. 62% of Medi-Cal enrollees are families with children
6. Medi-Cal covers more than 1 on 5 of Age 65+ Californians
7, Medi-Cal covers nearly 3 in 5 nursing facility residents
8. Medi-Cal covers 1 in 2 disabled Californians
9. More than 2 in 3 Medi-Cal adults are in the labor force

California Medicare Advantage and PDP Enrollment - October 2017 Free
Oct 30, 2017

As of October 2017, 5,840,008 Californians are eligible for Medicare, with 2,394,995 enrolled in Medicare Advantage (41.0%, compared to 11.2% nationally.) 2,243,335 are enrolled in Prescription Drug Plans (38.4% compared to 44.6% nationally.)

Source: Monthly Enrollment by State, October 2017, CMS

 

 

California Hospital Systems Move To House Homeless Premium Content
Oct 25, 2017

During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento’s hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day’s drinking.

            “A lot of times I would pass out, and then I’d wake up in the hospital,” said Price, 50.

            About two or three times a month, he would show up at a local emergency department. Sometimes doctors hydrated him with intravenous fluids and sent him on his way. Other times, they kept him a night or two.

Los Angeles Hospital Will Close Its Doors Premium Content
Oct 25, 2017

One of Los Angeles’ oldest hospitals has announced it will close later this year.

            Pacific Alliance Medical Center, located just north of downtown Los Angeles, said that it could not afford mandatory seismic retrofitting, prompting the decision to close its doors when its lease expires on Dec. 11.

Kaiser Says HPV Screenings, Pap Smears Can Be Performed On Same Tissue Premium Content
Oct 25, 2017

A new study conducted by physicians with Kaiser Permanente has concluded that pap smears and HPV testing can be conducted simultaneously, possibly streamlining the delivery of preventative cervical cancer care in the future.

Berkeley Study Links Firearm Injury Rate To Gun Show Activity Premium Content
Oct 25, 2017

A new study by researchers at the UC Berkeley has discovered that gun shows held in Nevada correlate to spikes in gun-related injuries in California.

            According to the study, which was published this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the rate of injuries in California communities near Nevada towns and cities that have recently held guns shows spiked by more than 60% in the days after such an event There is not a similar spike from nearby gun shows held in California.

Judge Refuses To Enjoin Halt of CSR Payments Premium Content
Oct 25, 2017

A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to block the Trump administration decision to stop paying subsidies to insurers to mitigate out-of-pocket costs for low and middle-income purchasers of insurance on state health exchanges.

Podcast Interview with Henry Loubet Free
Oct 25, 2017

Click here to listen to the 29 minute Payers & Providers interview with Henry Loubet, CEO of Bohemia Health, regarding his California healthcare experiences.

Brown Signs Multiple Key Healthcare Bills Into Law Premium Content
Oct 17, 2017

Wielding his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown has reinforced the Affordable Care Act, stood up to pharmaceutical companies and boosted testing for childhood lead poisoning.

            Facing a Sunday deadline to approve or reject measures passed by the legislature this year, Brown weighed in on some key healthcare bills, including measures to protect Californians who buy insurance for themselves.

UCSF Says FDA Warning Drove Up More Invasive Hysterectomies Premium Content
Oct 17, 2017

A medical device warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has led to an increase in more invasive kinds of hysterectomies for women who are suffering from uterine fibroids.

DMHC Fines Delta Dental $57.5K Premium Content
Oct 17, 2017

The Department of Managed Health Care has fined San Francisco-based Delta Dental of California $57,500 for a series of violations related to not responding to enrollee grievances or the agency in a timely fashion.

            According to correspondence from the DMHC, Delta committed two violations related to responding to grievances, and 12 violations of failing to respond to the DMHC in a timely fashion after it had intervened.

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