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CDPH Grants Nearly $2 Million To Address Native American Mental Health Premium Content
Oct 5, 2016
The California Department of Public Health said it would grant nearly $2 million to help address mental health disparities among Native Americans.
Stark Differences In Clinton, Trump Health Proposals Premium Content
Oct 5, 2016
Whether or not Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected President next month could have an enormous impact on the U.S. healthcare system and how many Americans are insured in the coming years, according to a prominent health policy expert in California.
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.
UCLA Grants $140K For Preventative Care In Underserved Part Of L.A. Premium Content
Oct 5, 2016
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has granted $140,000 to eight community organizations in South Los Angeles to boost the use of preventative healthcare services among African-Americans and Latinos over the age of 50.
Dave Jones Floats Public Option For California Premium Content
Sep 28, 2016
With major insurers retreating from the federal health law’s marketplaces, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he supports a public option at the state level that could bolster competition and potentially serve as a test for the controversial idea nationwide.
Brown Signs Opioid Bill Into Law Premium Content
Sep 28, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that would require physicians to undertake closer scrutiny of their patients\' prescription history when they consider prescribing opioid painkillers.
CDPH Rejects Receivership For Humboldt County SNFs Premium Content
Sep 28, 2016
The California Department of Public Health rejected on Wednesday a request from the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman to take three skilled nursing facilities in Humboldt County into receivership.
DMHC Levies Six-Figure Fines Against Kaiser, Anthem Premium Content
Sep 28, 2016
The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has levied six-figure fines against Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross for failing to respond to a seriously ill child\'s request for a medical second opinion and lapses in addressing payment delays to providers.
State Agency Takes Unprecedented Action Against SNFs Premium Content
Sep 21, 2016
The California Department of Aging has taken the highly unusual step of asking the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to place three Humboldt County nursing homes into receivership to ensure they remain open.
DMHC Fines L.A. Care $18,000 Premium Content
Sep 21, 2016
The California Department of Managed Health Care has fined L.A. Care Health Plan $18,000 for delays for providing an enrollee with a primary care physician closer to their home.
Zuckerberg Pledges $600 Million To Create Bay Area Biohub Premium Content
Sep 21, 2016
UC San Francisco, Stanford University and UC Berkeley said they would collaborate in a new biomedical research center funded with $600 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, M.D.
California\'s Uninsured Rate Plunges Premium Content
Sep 14, 2016
Thanks to California\'s earnest embrace of the Affordable Care Act, the state\'s rate of uninsured dropped by half between 2013 and last year.
Nursing Board Tries To End Licensing Logjam Premium Content
Sep 14, 2016
The newly appointed head of California’s nursing board says his ratcheted-up effort to clear a persistent licensing backlog has been successful.
Kaiser Says Coordinated Diabetes Care Can Also Reduce Depression Premium Content
Sep 14, 2016
Coordinating the care of diabetic patients with cardiovascular and mental health treatments has improved their overall outcomes as well as reduced incidents of depression, Kaiser Permanente has reported.
OSHPD Offers New Seismic Compliance Option Premium Content
Sep 14, 2016

California\'s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has provided an opportunity for some of the state\'s older hospitals to find new ways to seek structural seismic compliance. The agency has introduced a new category known as Structural Performance Category 4D, or SPC-4D. It joins five other categories of seismic compliance for buildings that provide acute care services.

DMHC Fines Dental Plan $40,000 Premium Content
Sep 14, 2016
The California Department of Managed Health Care has fined Sacramento-based Access Dental Plan $40,000 for missing a series of financial filings and notifications after its acquisition by Chicago-based First Commonwealth, Inc.
Vast Majority Of State\'s Healthcare Is Publicly Funded Premium Content
Sep 8, 2016
Despite an ongoing debate about using government funds to finance healthcare delivery, a large majority of California\'s system is already publicly financed, suggesting a move toward a single-payer system would be a logical – rather than radical – step.
CDPH Fines L.A. Nursing Home Premium Content
Sep 8, 2016
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has fined Country Villa Los Feliz Nursing Home in Los Angeles $75,000 in connection with the 2014 death of a resident who had fallen.
Huge Amount Of Surgical Medical Supplies Wasted Premium Content
Sep 8, 2016
It’s long been a problem for the nation’s hospitals: A staggering number of medical supplies — from surgical gloves to sponges to medications — go unused and are discarded after surgeries.
USC Says Stem Cells Restored Limb Movement To Paraplegic Premium Content
Sep 8, 2016
USC Keck Medical Center has claimed to restore partial limb control to a 21-year-old man who was paralyzed below the neck in a traffic accident earlier this year.

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