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Bill To End Surprise Medical Bills Has Traction Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
Earlier this year, Laurie Kirkland of Laguna Beach was taken by surprise when she received medical bills for her husband’s spinal surgeries. Their Blue Shield insurance deductible had been met, and the surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was in-network.
Berkeley Soda Tax Cuts Consumption Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
The Recently enacted soda tax in the city of Berkeley appears to be working.
Blue Shield Creates ACO for Inland Empire Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
San Francisco-based Blue Shield of California has entered into an accountable care organization (ACO) arrangement with providers in the Inland Empire.
Latinos Age More Slowly Than Other Californians Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
UCLA researchers have concluded California\'s largest minority group ages more slowly than other ethnicities, a finding that may shape healthcare policy and delivery in the coming decades
Kaiser Says Norcal Heart Attack Rates Have Dropped Dramatically Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
Heart attack rates among Kaiser Permanente\'s Northern California enrollees dropped 23% between 2008 and 2014 and 40% since 2000.
ACA Continues To Thin Ranks Of Uninsured In California Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
The Affordable Care Act has continued to thin the ranks of the uninsured in California, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Treatment Centers Sue Health Net For Alleged Nonpayment Of Claims Premium Content
Aug 17, 2016
Six alcohol and substance abuse treatment centers in California have filed suit against Health Net, claiming the Woodland Hills-based insurer stopped paying claims to treat its insured patients earlier this year.
Covered California Permitting Different Policies Among Families Premium Content
Aug 17, 2016
All five members of the Wadstein family have Covered California’s most comprehensive — and expensive — level of health insurance, even though the two youngest children are the only ones who need that kind of plan.
Anthem Blue Cross Offers Virtual Physician Consults In Spanish Premium Content
Aug 17, 2016
Anthem Blue Cross of California has introduced a virtual physician service for its large pool of Spanish-speaking enrollees.
CDPH Cites 10 Hospitals For Patient Privacy Breaches Premium Content
Aug 17, 2016
The California Department of Public Health has recently disclosed 12 citations against 10 hospitals for breaches of confidential patient information. They are the first such disclosures of 2016.
State May Demand More Drug Transparency Premium Content
Aug 10, 2016
Will forcing drugmakers to disclose big price hikes and new high-cost treatments help keep medications affordable for consumers?
Kaiser Reports Stronger Revenue, Smaller Net Income Numbers Premium Content
Aug 10, 2016
Kaiser Permanente reported strong revenue growth for the second quarter ending June 30, but net income was flat for the Oakland-based insurer and healthcare system operator.
Kaiser Finds Strong Autism Link Among Siblings Premium Content
Aug 10, 2016
Kaiser Permanente has released a new study showing that incidences of autism are much higher in newborns who have siblings with the disorder.
California\'s Teen Birth Rate Drops To New Low Premium Content
Aug 10, 2016
The statewide rate of adolescent births has dropped to its lowest level every recorded, according to new data from the California Department of Public Health.
UCSF Receives $85 Million Grant for Precision Medicine Premium Content
Aug 10, 2016
UC San Francisco\'s Clinical and Translational Science Institute is the recipient of an $85 million grant over five years from the National Institutes of Health to launch new initiatives related to precision medicine.
Readmission Penalties Will Rise For State\'s Hospitals Premium Content
Aug 4, 2016
A total of 225 hospitals in California will be penalized by the Medicare program in the next fiscal year for having too many inpatients being readmitted with 30 days of discharge for certain medical conditions.
DMHC Criticizes Anthem, Blue Shield On Directories Again Premium Content
Aug 4, 2016
A survey of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California released late last month by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) concluded that neither made substantial progress in providing updated provider directories to enrollees who purchased coverage through the Covered California health insurance exchange.
UC Pays Nearly $8.5 Million To Settle Conflict-Of-Interest Suits Premium Content
Aug 4, 2016
The University of California regents have agreed to pay nearly $8.5 million to settle two lawsuits alleging a well-known UCLA spine surgeon failed to disclose his conflicts of interest with a leading device maker before using the company’s products in harmful surgeries.
L.A. Nursing Home Fined $75K Premium Content
Aug 4, 2016
The California Department of Public Health has fined a Los Angeles nursing care facility $75,000 for the death of a resident in 2013.
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