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Experts say better health data sharing, clearer communication from state needed to improve CalAIM

| Sep 29, 2022 | California

Data sharing is critical to the achievement of CalAIM’s goals, according to a group of experts who spoke at our 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week. Experts on our “CalAIM implementation issues” panel also spoke about their organizations’ successes and challenges so far with the...[ Read More ]

Bills concerning speech-language pathologists’ licenses and health facility visitation policies heard in House Health Policy Committee

| Sep 28, 2022 | Michigan

Bills concerning speech-language pathologists’ licenses and visitation in health care facilities were heard in a recent meeting of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee.     Senate Bill 811, sponsored by Sen. Curtis VanderWall (R - Ludington), seeks to help more speech-language pathologists get licensed in the state. Speech-language pathologist...[ Read More ]

Ballot measure to limit interest rates on medical debt will impact Arizonans with smaller debt amounts more than those with larger amounts

| Sep 22, 2022 | Arizona

Proposition 209, the initiative to limit interest rates on debt from health care services, will be on the ballot for Arizona voters this November. Keith Joiner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona, says the measure will benefit some populations more than others if it...[ Read More ]

Bills concerning supplemental nursing service agencies and rural emergency hospitals introduced in Michigan Legislature

| Sep 20, 2022 | Michigan

Two bills proposing policy changes concerning staffing and beds in health facilities have recently been introduced in the Michigan Legislature.     On Sept. 7th, Rep. Sarah Lightner (R - Springport) introduced a bill regulating supplemental nursing service agencies to the Michigan House of Representatives. A supplemental nursing service agency...[ Read More ]

Bill mandating emergency phone calls for incarcerated people hospitalized with serious medical conditions moves to Newsom’s desk

| Sep 19, 2022 | California

A bill requiring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to allow incarcerated individuals and specified individuals outside of CDCR to make emergency phone calls when that incarcerated person has been hospitalized for a serious medical condition has made its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.     These...[ Read More ]

New Medi-Cal benefit will address longstanding reimbursement inconsistency for community health workers, expert says

| Sep 16, 2022 | California

The addition of community health workers (CHW) and promotore services as a Medi-Cal benefit is just one part of California’s larger efforts to make these services more accessible across the state, according to Carlina Hansen, Senior Program Officer of Improving Access at the California Health Care Foundation.     Gov....[ Read More ]