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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.
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.
State Agency Takes Unprecedented Action Against SNFs Free
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Berkeley Soda Tax Cuts Consumption Premium Content
Aug 24, 2016
The Recently enacted soda tax in the city of Berkeley appears to be working.
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.
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
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.