California Healthcare News

In Brief: Kaiser\'s Farmers Markets Top 50 Free
Aug 15, 2012

 

Kaiser Permanente, which has encouraged the growth of farmers’ markets as a way to promote healthier lifestyles, has recently opened its 50th market nationwide.

The latest market is being operated outside of Kaiser’s Oakland headquarters weekly. 

Kaiser has also opened markets throughout California and in Ohio, Maryland, Hawaii, Oregon and Maryland.

“We are thrilled that our markets are thriving and expanding,” said Preston Maring, M.D., a Kaiser physician who helped conceive the project about a decade ago.

In Brief: Employer Groups More Focused On Wellness Incentives Free
Aug 15, 2012

 

 

A new study by Aon Hewitt concludes that many employer groups are relying on incentives to get their workers to participate in wellness programs.

In Brief: DMHC Seizes Dental Plan Free
Aug 15, 2012

The Department of Managed Health Care has seized the assets of an Arcadia-based dental plan.

The DMHC also appointed a conservator for American HealthGuard Corp., which also operates as CentaGuard Dental Plan. It provides both commercial and Denti-Cal coverage. The DMHC took action on Aug. 10.

Accountable IPA Issues Statement Free
Aug 15, 2012
A Signal Hill IPA ordered by a state regulator to stop using non-medical professionals to make prior authorization care decisions for patients has simultaneously defended its conduct while saying it is trying to resolve the matter.
Investment Dip Hits Kaiser Earnings Free
Aug 15, 2012
Kaiser Permanente reported a bump upward in revenue and enrollment for the second quarter ending June 30, but its overall net income was down by 22%.
DOI Puts $1.7M Toward Fraud Fight Premium Content
Aug 15, 2012
The California Department of Insurance has granted $1.7 million to county-level prosecutors for combating what it says is an increasing number of health and disability frauds.
More E-Savvy For Medi-Cal Plans Premium Content
Aug 15, 2012
Two Medi-Cal managed care plans in Southern California have launched ambitious e-health initiatives both hope will help keep a lid on rising healthcare costs.
In Brief: HealthPartners, VitalSims Focus on Diabetes Care Free
Aug 13, 2012

 

Minneapolis-based provider HealthPartners has teamed with another local company to provide more focused preventive care and treatments for diabetes patients.

In Brief: Chicago, Illinois Blues Team Up to Fight Healthcare Fraud Free
Aug 13, 2012

The City of Chicago and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois are collaborating in an initiative intended to curb healthcare fraud.

Case Western Receives $64.6 Million NIH Grant Free
Aug 13, 2012
Case Western Reserve University’s medical researchers have often labored in the shadows of the bigger and more prestigious Cleveland Clinic. They’re located just blocks away from one another in the rock ‘n roll capital. But for the moment, Case Western has its own bragging rights: The largest federal grant ever made in Northeastern Ohio.
Employers Boost Wellness Incentives Free
Aug 13, 2012

A new study by Aon Hewitt concludes that employer groups are relying more on incentives to get their workers to participate in wellness programs.

Two Rural Hospital Funds May Dry Up Premium Content
Aug 13, 2012
Two sets of payments that are part of a patchwork of funding that make it possible for hospitals to operate in small communities are set to expire at the end of September.

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