Called “Food is Medicine,” a new Los Angeles pilot program aims to keep low-income patients with congestive heart failure out of the hospital. The three-year pilot project is being funded by the state of California to the tune of $6 million.
California’s skilled nursing facilities are increasingly putting their residents’ health in jeopardy, yet the state is failing to adequately crack down on the problem, according to a report released Tuesday.
Citations for substandard care at skilled nursing facilities statewide increased by almost a third between 2006 and 2015, according to the report from the California State Auditor. Over the same period, profits for the state’s three biggest private operators of nursing homes soared by tens of millions of dollars, even as the number of nursing facility beds barely changed.
A retired Catholic school principal, Taylor isn’t your typical marijuana expert. But that works in her favor, she said, as she strives to remove the stigmatization surrounding medical marijuana.
The 70-year-old plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Berkeley in April. Her focus will be educating seniors and minorities on the medical benefits of cannabis.
Insulin prices have skyrocketed in recent years. An April 2016 Journal of the American Medical Association analysis found the cost of insulin has more than tripled from 2002 to 2013—representing an average rise of $231 to $736 per patient.
State officials and lawmakers want to know why.
Medicare comes with high cost-sharing, a point driven home by a new study, which found that 42 percent of traditional Medicare beneficiaries nationwide will spend at least 20 percent of their income on health costs by 2030.
California is not adequately serving the needs of seniors with serious mental illnesses, according to a new study.
Services vary widely from county to county, the state lacks sufficient data to determine the demographics of the people served, and racial and cultural barriers are preventing people from getting needed services.
Men account for forty percent of family caregivers, according to a 2017 AARP study, but few programs cater to their unique needs. In this story we profile a support group just for male caregivers in Northern California.
Depression is the condition that drives most people to the psychiatrist office seeking treatment. For older people, getting that treatment can be a challenge. There’s a shortage of geriatric psychiatrists in California and across the nation. Giorgio Perissinotto is one such patient. He drives five hours from Santa Barbara to San Francisco to see his doctor.
According to AARP there are approximately 4.45 million caregivers in California. Caregivers are at high risk for mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. One of the main causes is a lack of support system.
As the only openly HIV-positive public official in San Francisco, I applaud Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law Senate Bill 239, which modernizes the outdated HIV criminalization laws in California.