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CDPH Has Not Issued Hospital Safety Penalties In Nearly A Year Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016

The California Department of Public Health has not issued an administrative penalty or fine to a hospital for endangering the lives of patients since January 2016, records show.

Class Action Filed Against Anthem On PPO Terminations Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Anthem Blue Cross of California by the Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog over keeping its individual PPO plans in force in 2017.

Community Health Centers Treating Millions More Patients Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016
Community health centers, often beloved institutions in low-income neighborhoods, have thrown a bit of a wrench into the Affordable Care Act\'s efforts in increasing the ranks of the insured.
Anthem Says ACOs Saved $70.4 Million Over Year Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016

Anthem Blue Cross of California has announced that its consortium of accountable care organizations saved more than $70 million over a variety of 12-month periods that ended in September of last year.

Blue Shield Has To Refund Nearly $25 Million Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016
About 240,000 Californians with job-based health coverage may have been surprised by a recent letter from Blue Shield of California saying the company owes them money, not the other way around.
State OPA Releases Health Plan Report Cards Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
California’s Office of the Patient Advocate has released its annual report cards on health plans and medical groups.
Dignity, Catholic Health Initiatives Exploring Merger Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
Dignity Health is exploring a potential merger with Catholic Health Initiatives, the San Francisco-based hospital chain has disclosed this week.
California Loses Ground On STIs, Tobacco Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
After years of making progress regarding sexually transmitted infections and tobacco consumption, state data suggests that Californians are now losing ground.
DMHC Intervenes In Rehab Treatment Referral Scheme Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
The Department of Managed Health Care has taken the unusual step of ordering an Orange County man to stop soliciting health insurance due to his lack of license and alleged engagement in deceptive business practices that led to Blue Shield of California paying out more than $1.2 million for substance abuse treatment claims.
Hospital Settles Patient Dumping Lawsuit Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
A Los Angeles-area hospital has agreed to settle a patient dumping lawsuit brought by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer for $450,000.
Blue Shield Benefits From ACA Risk-Adjustment Premium Content
Oct 20, 2016
Some health insurers say they’re paying too much to rival Blue Cross Blue Shield plans under a key pillar of the federal health law designed to compensate insurers that take on sicker and more expensive patients.
UC Hospitals To Participate In Precision Medicine Initiative Premium Content
Oct 20, 2016
Four medical centers affiliated with the University of California healthcare system and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are among the first providers in the nation named as part of a federal precision medicine initiative.
Hospitals Say They\'re Getting Slammed By Drug Price Increases Premium Content
Oct 20, 2016
A new report from the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals has concluded that hospitals in California and elsewhere are getting hit hard from dramatic price increases imposed on pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
Covered California CEO Urges Consumers To Shop Around Premium Content
Oct 20, 2016
Concerned about looming premium increases for 2017, Covered California Chief Executive Peter V. Lee has asked the 1.3 million participants in the state\'s insurance exchange to shop around for their coverage.
Consumers Dealing with Covered California Sticker Shock Premium Content
Oct 12, 2016
Covered California’s big 2017 rate hikes are starting to hit home for consumers. The state health insurance exchange began mailing notices to its 1.3 million customers on Wednesday, alerting them that they can determine exactly how much the premiums for their current plans will rise in 2017, and begin shopping around for cheaper options.
USC/Keck Awarded $6 Million Environmental Grant Premium Content
Oct 12, 2016
The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California has received a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine environmental factors related to asthma and obesity.
DMHC Consolidates Plan Data into \'Dashboard\' Premium Content
Oct 12, 2016
The Department of Managed Health Care has launched a new consumer-oriented “dashboard” that aggregates much of the data the agency compiles on health plans into a single access point.
DMHC Fines L.A. Care $20,000 Premium Content
Oct 12, 2016
L.A. Care Health Plan has been hit with two fines from the Department of Managed Health Care late last month totaling $20,000.
Theranos Shutting Down Labs Premium Content
Oct 12, 2016
Theranos, the embattled Palo Alto-based healthcare startup, has announced it is shutting down its three laboratories, including its flagship facility in Newark.
UCSF Contributes Nearly $9 Billion To Bay Area Economy Premium Content
Oct 5, 2016
UC San Francisco, which is focused primarily on healthcare education, provides $8.9 billion a year to the Bay Area economy and provides about 20,000 jobs.

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