Month: August 2014

ER Visits Slowing at LA County Public Hospitals

August 27, 2014

A recent analysis of 75 hospitals by the Los Angeles Times found that visits to Los Angeles County ERs slowed in the first three months of ACA implementation. Between January and March of 2014, ER visits by patients who didn’t require hospitalization increased 1.7% at county facilities,…

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Covered California August 2014 Board Meeting

August 22, 2014

After the cancellation of July’s meeting, the Board of Covered California had a number of topics to address yesterday at the organization’s new offices. Here is a review: Resolving Eligibility Inconsistencies In line with the federally administered Exchanges, Covered California…

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Are Physicians Willing to Accept Medi-Cal Patients?

August 18, 2014

Looking at California’s remarkable Medi-Cal enrollment numbers, the million-dollar question is whether there will be enough physicians available to meet increased demands. Traditionally, physician participation in the Medi-Cal program, especially among non-primary care physicians,…

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Get ready for Cal Index! It’s more revolutionary than it sounds.

August 12, 2014

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California announced last week that they are launching Cal Index, a digital health information system that shares patients’ health data among all of the two plans’ contracted providers. The two insurers have set up the entity as a nonprofit…

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No, not that CHCF

August 6, 2014

Have you heard of the California Health Care Facility? Aside from it sharing an acronym with the California HealthCare Foundation, you may not know much about this almost-purposefully-blandly-named facility. But if you knew more about it, you may develop some strong feelings on the…

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2015 Covered California Prices Revealed

August 4, 2014

Last week Covered California announced the 2015 plan rates. Good news: prices stayed low with a modest 4.2% increase statewide and even rate decreases in some area. The price changes vary across regions. San Francisco and Orange will see higher rate increases (6.6% and 6.3%, respectively),…

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