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Covered California sees surge in Gold-tier plan enrollment

Emily Boerger | Nov 17, 2017 | California

In the first two weeks of open enrollment, Covered California has seen a surge in enrollees signing up for Gold-tier plans compared to 2016. This year, 12 percent of new subsidy-eligible customers have chosen a gold plan – up from only 4 percent in the first two weeks of 2016...[ Read More ]

HMSA reports $14.6 million profit for third quarter

Emily Boerger | Nov 17, 2017 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) reported a $14.6 million profit for the third quarter of 2017; a decrease from their $17.8 million third quarter profit from last year. Compared to a year ago, HMSA collected $19.8 million more in premiums ($821.2 million compared to $801.4 million) and paid $13.8...[ Read More ]

New MHA report gives poor outlook for mental health in the United States

Emily Boerger | Nov 16, 2017 | Federal

On Wednesday, Mental Health America (MHA) released their latest State of Mental Health Report. The report ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of the mental health status of their adult and youth residents. The state’s mental health status is determined by the prevalence of mental...[ Read More ]

Annual California Life Sciences Industry Report shows continued industry growth, investment

| Nov 16, 2017 | California

The California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) and PwC US released their annual California Life Sciences Industry Report. The report shows that California continues to see significant growth in the life sciences industry, from new therapies to investments. “The life sciences sector continues to drive the 21st century economy here in California – the birthplace...[ Read More ]

Epic sharing within UC Health

, | Nov 15, 2017 | California

In an unprecedented move, UC San Diego Health and UCI Health have formed a strategic partnership to increase operational efficiencies and decrease patient care costs by sharing a single electronic medical records (EMR) platform. The two academic health systems are now sharing a single instance of Epic, a secure cloud-based...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: AG sues Purdue, Special session, Bill Popp

| Nov 15, 2017 | Alaska

DJ is on a (much needed) vacation, so he left me the keys for this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. Normally, I'm reporting on health policy or producing our podcasts, but today you get me in email form, too. Anyway, enough about me. On to What We're Watching in Alaska health care...[ Read More ]

Column: Government Accountability

| Nov 15, 2017 | Federal

This series titled “Column: Healthcare Accountability” is sponsored content from our partners at Axene Health Partners.  AHP offers highly specialized health care actuarial and consulting services across a number of states.  We have curated this content because we think it adds value to the work our readers are engaged in.  As always,...[ Read More ]

Interview with Dr. Ben Zaniello, Collective Medical Technologies

| Nov 14, 2017 | Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington

Dr. Ben Zaniello is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Product for Collective Medical Technologies, a nationwide network covering every national health plan in the country, 30 million patients, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands of providers to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Zaniello has...[ Read More ]

Texas Health announces Dr. Heather Myers as medical director of Carrollton, Texas facility

| Nov 14, 2017 | Texas

Texas Health Emergency Room, the largest network of independent freestanding emergency rooms in the United States, named Dr. Heather Myers, as the Medical Director of its newest Carrollton facility. “We are pleased to announce Dr. Myers will be the facility Medical Director of our newest Carrollton location,” said Dr. Daniel...[ Read More ]

Senate passes Hirono, Hatch bill to expand long term health care coverage for veterans

| Nov 14, 2017 | Hawaii

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Orrin G. Hatch’s (R-Utah) State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act, a bill to ensure that severely disabled veterans are able to receive adult day health care services at no cost to them by defining the program as...[ Read More ]