Petaluma Health Care District seen as model for state

Schools. Farmers markets. Law enforcement. While these things may seem separate and distinct, they all have at least one thing in common: they’re all part of the health care continuum. Several policy makers from the state Department of Health Care Services visited community health programs of the Petaluma Health Care District on Tuesday to witness Read More »

California Pharmacists Report Progress in Move To Broaden Scope of Practice

Pharmacists are about to finish one phase and start another in the march toward broadening their scope of practice in California to include more primary care services. Using new guidelines created in a bill signed into state law about a year ago, pharmacists have been retooling regulations to include new duties. “We’re still going through Read More »

‘Much Has Changed’ Since Legislature Last Considered an End-of-Life Bill

A dozen legislators on Wednesday gathered on a stage in Sacramento to officially introduce SB 128 by Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and co-authored by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel). The bill would allow some dying patients to end their lives through medical means. “With this bill, we are establishing the legal right to exercise choice at the Read More »

New Rules Target Not-for-Profit Hospitals’ Policies, Practices

Not-for-profit hospitals can no longer use aggressive measures to collect payments from certain low-income patients and must find ways to help them, according to new rules issued last month by the Department of Treasury and IRS, the New York Times reports. Details of New Rules The rules, published Dec. 31, 2014, in the Federal Register, Read More »