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CHCF reports say more incentives and regulation needed to encourage participation in statewide data sharing agreement

| May 13, 2022 | California

Assembly Bill 133, signed into law in July 2021, requires the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) to develop a data exchange framework that includes a single statewide data sharing agreement that would begin in June 2024. However, a new series of reports published by the California Health Care...[ Read More ]

Bill to reform delivery of specialty medicines placed on suspense file, awaits further fiscal analysis

| May 12, 2022 | California

Senate Bill 958, also known as the Medication and Patient Safety Act of 2022, was placed on the Senate Suspense File earlier this month at its Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.     The bill, sponsored by Sens. Monique Limon (D–Santa Barbara) and Anthony Portantino (D–La Canada Flintridge), would restrict health...[ Read More ]

Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill requiring health coverage for biomarker testing for precision medicine

| May 11, 2022 | Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2144 on Friday, a measure that will enhance statewide access to precision medicine.      The bill requires hospital and medical service corporations, health care service organizations, disability insurers, and group or blanket disability insurers to provide coverage for biomarker testing. It also directs...[ Read More ]

California bill requiring fentanyl inclusion in routine urine drug screening advances to second chamber

| May 10, 2022 | California

Senate Bill 864, also known as Tyler’s Law, sponsored by Sen. Melissa Melendez (R–Lake Elsinore), unanimously passed its third reading on the Senate Floor on Monday.     The bill requires a general acute care hospital to include testing for fentanyl in a urine drug screening if the hospital conducts...[ Read More ]

Single statewide crisis call line will promote accessibility and consistency, says Solari Crisis & Human Services CEO

| May 6, 2022 | Arizona

As part of the AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) Competitive Contract expansion, the three AHCCCS Complete Care Regional Behavioral Health Authority (ACC-RBHA) contractors are moving from having separate crisis call lines for their respective regions to having a single statewide crisis call line. Mercy Care, Care1st, and Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care...[ Read More ]

Equality Health will use ACO REACH model to further its mission of addressing the social determinants

| May 6, 2022 | Arizona

Equality Health recently announced their participation in the federal Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) value-based payment model. The program aims to promote health equity and address the social determinants of health for Medicare populations in underserved communities, said Beth Patak, Executive Director of the...[ Read More ]