Efforts To Increase Medi-Cal Rates Continue, Despite SCOTUS Ruling

California providers will continue efforts to increase Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, despite this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting lawsuits against state Medicaid agencies over low rates, theSacramento Business Journal reports. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/1). Read more here.

U.S. Supreme Court: Medicaid Doctors Can’t Sue for Higher Pay

The U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled Tuesday that doctors and other medical providers can’t sue state Medicaid agencies for higher pay, a practice which has been long supported by doctors and patient advocates. In its 5-4 decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, the court ruled that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t grant private groups a Read More »

SCOTUS Case Examines Mental Health Considerations During Arrests

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether the Americans with Disabilities Act requires police to take special precautions when arresting potentially violent individuals with mental health issues following an incident in San Francisco, theAP/Sacramento Bee reports. Background In 2008,Teresa Sheehan, who has schizophrenia, threatened to kill her social worker and approached police officers with Read More »

California Needs More Primary Care Docs, But Residency Slots Threatened

Today is a huge day for graduating medical students. It’s Match Day — the day they find out where they’re going for residency programs — the training years between medical school and practice. In California, there are 140 residency slots every year in the family practice specialty. That number may diminish, given the pending loss of four Read More »

Hospital Industry Changes To Take Hold Across Calif., Experts Say

The hospital industry in the San Francisco Bay Area is undergoing a “shakeup” as small and independent facilities undergo sales, potential closures and other changes — a trend that experts say could spread throughout the state as the federal government works to reduce health care costs, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, Read More »

FDA Issues New Rules for Reusable Devices After Superbug Outbreak

FDA on Thursday released final guidance that will require reusable medical device makers to provide proof that their devices can reliably be cleaned before being approved by the agency, the Los Angeles Times reports. Background The final guidance comes after a superbug outbreak linked to a reusable medical device (Terhune/Petersen, Los Angeles Times, 3/12). As Read More »

Prime Backs Out of Buying Hospitals

On Tuesday, Prime Healthcare withdrew its offer to buy six California safety-net hospitals from the Daughters of Charity Health System. California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) approved the sale last month but imposed a series of conditions on the deal Prime officials on Tuesday called “onerous and unprecedented.” “The conditions placed on the sale by Read More »

Report: California Spends Least per Person on Diabetes Prevention

While more than 2.3 million adults in California have diabetes, the state spends the least amount of money per person in the country on prevention programs for the chronic disease, according to a report from the California State Auditor, Kaiser Health News reports. Findings In fiscal year 2012-2013, California spent three cents per resident on Read More »