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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Covered California Fixes Computer Glitch Premium Content
Oct 5, 2016
The Covered California health insurance exchange has fixed its computer system to prevent pregnant women in a certain income range from being transferred into Medi-Cal without their knowledge or consent.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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