California Healthline: Legislators Hope To Restore Medi-Cal Provider Cut, Boost Access to Care

In a California Healthline report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed the impacts of a large Medi-Cal provider rate cut, and the legislative attempt to reverse it. California has some of the lowest Medicaid provider rates in the nation, and that was true even before lawmakers ordered another 10% reduction in 2011. That low reimbursement rate could affect access … Continue reading

California Health Report: The iPad Therapist: Mental Health for the Aging

By Matt Perry Davis Park stands in front of 11 older adult residents of the Los Angeles independent living facility Good Shepherd Manor – all but one of them African-American – and asks what they know about technology. “How many of you know what videoconferencing is?” One hand rises. How many know how to use … Continue reading

LA Care: Help Your Medi-Cal Patients Access CBAS Do you have patients who require a high level of care, but wish to remain living at home? They may be able to get assistance through  several Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) that can be accessed with assistance from L.A. Care, including the Community Based Adult … Continue reading

California Health: Cuts to Medi-Cal Threaten Access to Care

Employees fill orders at a specialty pharmacy operated by ModernHealth in North Hollywood. Sherri Cherman, ModernHealth’s president and chief operating officer, says if state officials impose a 10 percent cut next year, the company will have to drop out of the Medi-Cal network.Photo: Chris Richard By Chris Richard Medi-Cal, the Medicaid program for 8.5 million … Continue reading

California Healthline: Access at Issue in Provider Cut

by David Gorn A new Assembly bill would exempt one type of skilled-nursing provider from state-imposed Medi-Cal reimbursement cuts. The 10% reduction is being challenged in federal court and has not taken effect. The new bill, AB 900 by Assembly member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), would exempt hospital-based, acute-care skilled nursing facilities from the cut. Other … Continue reading

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