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Laura Lundberg | Aug 23, 2019 | California

What They're Watching: Holly Smith, Optimetra

Laura Lundberg | Aug 19, 2019 | California

Holly Smith is the CEO of Optimetra, a consulting firm that offers strategy, positioning, proposals, and solution design services for health care organizations. She joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss differentiating your brand from others. “Our focus right now is the same focus that we've...[ Read More ]

Governor Gavin Newsom announces new appointments

| Aug 16, 2019 | California

Governor Newsom announced the following appointments this week: Stephanie Clendenin, 48, of Antelope, has been appointed director of the Department of State Hospitals, where she has served as acting director since 2018. Clendenin was chief deputy director of the Department of State Hospitals from 2015 to 2018. She held multiple...[ Read More ]

San Diego hosts recovery month

Laura Burns | Aug 16, 2019 | California

The county of San Diego will host Recovery Happens in September. The event is free and open to the public on September 14th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of mental health and substance use disorders, and celebrate those in recovery....[ Read More ]

California Medical Association and Governor Newsom issue responses to President Trump’s public charge rule

Laura Burns | Aug 13, 2019 | California, Federal

The California Medical Association (CMA) and Governor Newsom issued separate press releases this week regarding the Trump Administration’s new public charge rule. The  rule  links a person’s immigration status to their income and use of certain public programs. It also expands the term “public charge,” which, historically, has meant a...[ Read More ]

Bill to expand Medi-Cal postpartum mental health services finds widespread support

Emily Boerger | Aug 9, 2019 | California

A bill to expand services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries experiencing maternal mental health conditions is finding support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  The bill, AB 577, would extend postpartum care for diagnosed mental illnesses, such as postpartum depression, from 60 days to up to one year for those...[ Read More ]

California auditor finds DHCS is failing beneficiaries in 18 rural counties

Laura Burns | Aug 8, 2019 | California

California State Auditor Elaine Howle released a report Tuesday, finding that the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is failing to ensure accessible care to some rural Medi-Cal beneficiaries. When first established, Medi-Cal  operated exclusively as a fee-for-service system. California then began to transition Medi-Cal to a managed care...[ Read More ]

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