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In Brief: Kaiser Permanente Reports Strong Third Quarter Premium Content
Nov 10, 2016

Kaiser Permanente reported healthy gains in both operating revenue and investment returns in the third quarter ending Sept. 30.

The Oakland-based Kaiser reported operating revenue for the quarter of $16.2 billion, up from $15.3 billion for the year-ago quarter, a gain of just under 6%. Operating income was $672 million for the quarter, compared to $363 million a year ago.

Medi-Cal Big Winner In Ballot Propositions Premium Content
Nov 10, 2016

California's voters overwhelmingly approved baking in a hospital bed tax, a hefty new tax on tobacco and electronic cigarettes, and an extension of a tax on its wealthiest residents, all of which will help fund Medi-Cal and other healthcare services statewide. But they narrowly defeated an initiative intended to control rising drug costs that was fought with more than $100 million in money from the pharmaceutical industry, and shot down another intended to protect the health of performers in the adult entertainment industry.

Trump's Victory Imperils ACA Premium Content
Nov 10, 2016

The stunning victory of Donald Trump on Tuesday and the GOP's continued hold on Congress likely puts the Affordable Care Act in its greatest peril since it was signed into law more than six years ago.

With the dust just settling on the election and more than two months to go before Trump's inauguration, it remains unclear as to what the ramifications will be to California's huge healthcare sector.

CDPH Has Not Issued Hospital Safety Penalties In Nearly A Year Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016

The California Department of Public Health has not issued an administrative penalty or fine to a hospital for endangering the lives of patients since January 2016, records show.

Class Action Filed Against Anthem On PPO Terminations Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Anthem Blue Cross of California by the Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog over keeping its individual PPO plans in force in 2017.

Anthem Says ACOs Saved $70.4 Million Over Year Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016

Anthem Blue Cross of California has announced that its consortium of accountable care organizations saved more than $70 million over a variety of 12-month periods that ended in September of last year.

Community Health Centers Treating Millions More Patients Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016
Community health centers, often beloved institutions in low-income neighborhoods, have thrown a bit of a wrench into the Affordable Care Act\'s efforts in increasing the ranks of the insured.
Blue Shield Has To Refund Nearly $25 Million Premium Content
Nov 1, 2016
About 240,000 Californians with job-based health coverage may have been surprised by a recent letter from Blue Shield of California saying the company owes them money, not the other way around.
DMHC Intervenes In Rehab Treatment Referral Scheme Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
The Department of Managed Health Care has taken the unusual step of ordering an Orange County man to stop soliciting health insurance due to his lack of license and alleged engagement in deceptive business practices that led to Blue Shield of California paying out more than $1.2 million for substance abuse treatment claims.
State OPA Releases Health Plan Report Cards Premium Content
Oct 26, 2016
California’s Office of the Patient Advocate has released its annual report cards on health plans and medical groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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