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: State Opens Adult Day Services Dialogue

by David Gorn A new chapter starts tomorrow in the long saga of the Community Based Adult Services program. Two state agencies — the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Aging — tomorrow will convene the first stakeholder meeting in a new process designed to extend the CBAS program beyond the expiration date … Continue reading

California Health: Readmission Penalties Prompt Hospitals to Improve Follow-Up Care

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

By Chris Richard For every five Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a U.S. hospital, one person returns for within a month. Often, doctors and federal policymakers say, those people could have avoided that second trip to the hospital altogether if only they’d received good follow-up care. Now, pressured by federal penalties for high readmissions, some California … Continue reading

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