The IHSS Consumers Union Endorses the National Senior Citizens Law Center Comments on HCBS Waiver Policy

The IHSS Consumers Union is extremely grateful to the National Senior Citizens Law Centerfor Its vigilance regarding our Olmstead Rights and is in full support of their comments. In fact, we are in the process of developing a position paper on the establishment of a true Long-Term Care Continuum to recommend to the Long Term Care Commission, that relies heavily … Continue reading

NPQ: A Healthcare Advocate’s Guide to Community Health Needs Assessments

WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN  CREATED ON THURSDAY, 07 FEBRUARY 2013 16:18 As part of the healthcare reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs). Will these sometimes-lengthy reports prove worth the effort? In part, it may depend on whether anyone at the Internal Revenue … Continue reading

Reuters: U.S. proposes scrapping some obsolete Medicare regulations

Surrounded by Democratic leaders, President Obama reaches for a pen to sign the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / SF Read more:

Mon Feb 4, 2013 8:09pm EST (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday proposed eliminating certain obsolete Medicare regulations, a move it said would save hospitals and other healthcare providers an estimated $676 million a year, or $3.4 billion over five years. The Department of Health and Human Services described the targeted regulations as unnecessary … Continue reading

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California Healthline: CBO Updates Spending Projections for ACA, Medicare, Medicaid

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday lowered its Medicare spending projections for the next decade by $137 billion, noting that federal spending on the program has been “significantly lower” than predicted for the past three years, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports (Viebeck [1], “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 2/5).  Medicare Spending Forecast According to the report, Medicare spending in fiscal … Continue reading

California Healthline:CMS Announces Groups Participating in Bundled Payments Initiative

On Thursday, CMS announced that more than 450 health care organizations will participate in its four bundled payments initiatives, which seek to test whether paying lump sums for episodes of care will lower health care costs without harming care, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 1/31). About the Initiative The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative was created by the … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dental clinic proves importance of care

Drew Joseph Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, January 31, 2013 Jabari Kelly showed up at San Francisco General Hospital‘s dental clinic last Friday looking like he was hiding a golf ball in his left cheek. He had been in pain for three weeks. The 36-year-old San Francisco man had an infected wisdom tooth, and swelling had spread into his jaw … Continue reading

California Healthline: First Step in Reform: Primary 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 David Gorn The heart of a successful reform effort under the Affordable Care Act will be the creation and implementation of the patient-centered medical home model of care, according to testimony at an Assembly Committee on Health hearing in the Capitol Tuesday. “We need to look at better management of chronic conditions,” said Assembly … Continue reading

LA Times: Most states lack healthcare consumer protection laws

If 39 states do not enact laws to enforce new consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, the federal government may have to step in to guarantee them. By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau January 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.   WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 out of 5 states have not enacted laws essential to enforcing new … Continue reading

SacBee: State analyst: California now $5 billion ahead,0,827936.story

Posted by Kevin Yamamura January 30, 2013 California’s top fiscal review office said today the state is now poised to finish January $5 billion ahead for the month in the wake of state and federal tax changes. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office told The Bee last week that it believed the state would finish the month $4 billion … Continue reading

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