Month: March 2014

Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

State, managed-care plans slow to distribute funds, hurting low-income residents  By Hannah Guzik Everyday George Ma waits for the money the state owes him. The internist, who sees some of Los Angeles’ most destitute residents and receives meager reimbursement, was supposed to get a pay boost beginning in January 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act. But the state Department of Health Care Services

New Resource on End of Life Care from the National Institutes of Health

By Fran Kritz The National Institutes of Health has just launched a new internet resource tool, called the End of Life Module, on end of life care. The resource provides users with information about the most common issues faced by people nearing the end of life, and their caregivers. “Few of us are comfortable talking about death, our own or a loved one’s. While such

ACA subsidies: $2 billion for California

Forty percent of Californians eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act had signed up for coverage by March 1, a level of participation that will translate into more than $2 billion in tax credits for those consumers over the next year, the Kaiser Family Foundation says in a new issue brief. California’s enrollment rate is among the highest in the nation, and the

Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

By Callie Shanafelt

Doctor Paul Glassman has spent his 40-year dentistry career looking for ways to make going to the dentist more affordable and accessible.  As technology has evolved, so have his strategies. Glassman and his team at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry think they’ve found a way to serve millions more clients through virtual dentistry. The only problem is that current laws don’t allow it.

Most in Need Have Least Access to Doctors in California

By Hannah Guzik Where you live in California may determine how easy it is for you to see a doctor. Those most in need of health care have the least access, according to a report released Wednesday by the California HealthCare Foundation. In the Bay Area, for example, there were 86 primary-care physicians and 175 specialists per 100,000 people in 2011. But the San Joaquin

Salty Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease in Obese Teens

By Fran Kritz Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014. Previous studies have shown that protective ends on chromosomes, called telomeres, naturally shorten with age, but the process is accelerated by smoking, lack of physical activity and

Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

By Alisha Wyman Medicare coverage for outpatient mental health care is now in line with medical coverage, thanks to a law that closed the gap as of Jan. 1. Experts say it’s a step in dispelling long-standing disparities between the two, but the change addresses only one of many hurdles in providing seniors with adequate mental health care. The number of psychiatrists who accept insurance

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