California Healthline: What’s Behind High Opt-Out Rate Among Dual Eligibles in L.A. County?

by David Gorn he state’s duals demonstration project has hit a rough patch in Los Angeles County. Health officials are in the middle of an effort to enroll a large segment of the state’s dual-eligible population in Cal MediConnect — a seven-county pilot project designed to coordinate care and funding for about 430,000 Californians who … Continue reading

California Healthline: One-Quarter of Possible Participants Have Opted Out of the Duals Project

by David Gorn About 50,000 Californians so far have enrolled in Cal MediConnect, according to figures released Monday by the Department of Health Care Services, which oversees the program. However, about twice that number — a little more than 100,000 duals — have chosen to opt out of the program. The duals demonstration project known as … Continue reading

California Healthline: Number of Physicians Opting Out of Medicare Nearly Tripled

he number of physicians who have opted out of Medicare has nearly tripled since 2009, according to CMS, the Wall Street Journalreports. According to CMS, 9,539 physicians who previously had accepted Medicare opted out of the program in 2012, compared with 3,700 who opted out in 2009. Further, a similar study by the American Academy of … Continue reading

California Healthline: States That Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion Will Lose Billions in Funds

Not participating in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would mean states would lose out on billions in federal funding and millions fewer low-income residents would become insured, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports (Baker, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 6/3). Background on ACA’s Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA, all U.S. … Continue reading

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