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State Issues Ratings for Health Plans & Physician Groups

State Issues Ratings for Health Plans & Physician Groups

Kaiser Permanente was the only HMO to earn a top four-star rating for providing recommended care on California's annual report card, while Cigna and UnitedHealthcare led the way with three-star ratings among PPO plans. The report issued Wednesday on California's biggest HMOs and other health insurance plans showed improvement in care for [...]

How Amnesty For the Undocumented Would Impact Health Care

How Amnesty For the Undocumented Would Impact Health Care

A road to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally seems more assured by the day, but what is less clear is how the healthcare landscape of California, and the nation, would also change. Would California’s estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants become eligible for health benefits? How would an already burdened health [...]

Democrats, Brown at Odds Over Healthcare Act

Democrats, Brown at Odds Over Healthcare Act

As Democratic lawmakers speed to implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul in California, they are finding themselves at odds with the leader of their own party: Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor and legislators disagree over how the state should expand Medicaid to more than 1 million low-income Californians, a critical component of the [...]

Covered California’s Plan to Partner with Wal-Mart Criticized

Covered California’s Plan to Partner with Wal-Mart Criticized

California officials face mounting criticism from union leaders over plans to let retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc .enroll shoppers in President Obama's healthcare expansion. The state wants retail workers to help consumers enroll in healthcare expansion. Critics say Wal-Mart does not provide adequate health coverage and shouldn’t be [...]

Record On Wall Street Spurs Talk Of Retirement Planning

Record On Wall Street Spurs Talk Of Retirement Planning

Wall Street's recent record-breaking performance has prompted financial planners to urge people saving for retirement to review their assets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at an all-time high, beating the record it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis. The Dow ended the day up 126 points 14,253.77, beating its previous [...]

Why Medical Bills are Killing Us

Why Medical Bills are Killing Us

Why are we paying so much for healthcare? Why do we spend nearly 20% of our gross domestic product on health care, twice as much as most other developed countries, which get the same or better health outcomes? When Sean Recchi was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson [...]

Eleven Health Care Organizations Are Members of the California ICD-10 Collaborative

Eleven Health Care Organizations Are Members of the California ICD-10 Collaborative

Eleven health care organizations or associations are early members of the newly formed California ICD-10 Collaborative, designed to aid stakeholders in working collectively to implement the new code sets. The goal is for providers, insurers, vendors and associations to share best practices and collaborate in end-to-end testing, lowering risks and [...]

Sequestration Cuts Will Squeeze California’s Health Sectors

Sequestration Cuts Will Squeeze California’s Health Sectors

California’s health care sector is expecting millions of dollars in cuts and potential job losses if the automatic federal spending cuts known as "sequestration" take place. Anticipated cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget could delay or erase research funding for 12,000 California scientists, says Dr. Kavita Patel, [...]

Coordinated Healthcare Could Save CA $110 billion

Coordinated Healthcare Could Save CA $110 billion

California could cut $110 billion in healthcare spending over the next decade, saving the average household $800 a year, by quickly moving away from conventional fee-for-service medicine and embracing more coordinated care, a new report says. These findings come from the Berkeley Forum, a new group of healthcare executives, state officials and [...]

California Reports Positive Effects of Health Reform

California Reports Positive Effects of Health Reform

Data is coming in on pilot studies for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) showing reduction in costs and improvement in care, along the lines intended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a report issued by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA).  Carmela Castellano-Garcia, the CPCA CEO said, “It’s very powerful to have this [...]

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