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Sites announced for Bridge Program opioid treatment grants

Marjie High | Feb 27, 2019 | California

A survey of state-based behavioral health integration with Beacon Health Options

DJ Wilson | Feb 27, 2019 | Alaska, California, Washington

New bill targets surprise billing by hospitals

Marjie High | Feb 26, 2019 | California

Attorney General Becerra, Assemblymember Wood Announce Bill to Outlaw Collusive Agreements Between Drug Companies that Inflate Drug Prices

| Feb 20, 2019 | California

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Jim Wood today unveiled legislation to help curb increasing drug prices in California. AB 824 would prohibit pharmaceutical agreements in which a drug company transfers anything of value to delay a competitor’s research, marketing, or sale of a competing version of its drug. These agreements, known as “pay-for-delay” agreements, have significantly contributed to price increases for prescription drugs in California. “Patients and consumers deserve to...[ Read More ]

New Kaiser Permanente Medical School to provide free education to first 5 classes

Marjie High | Feb 19, 2019 | California

The Association of American Medical Colleges Liaison Committee on Medical Education has granted preliminary accreditation to the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. The school announced this week it will begin accepting applications June 2019 for the inaugural class beginning June 2020. Said Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Kaiser Permanente School...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Affordability Hearing, State of the State, Diana Shiba, MD

| Feb 19, 2019 | California

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I have been following health policy in California for some time now, and with the new governor's heightened focus on the issue there's a lot to watch. Feel free to email me any feedback or...[ Read More ]

5 takeaways from the Future Health Workforce Commission Report

Marjie High | Feb 18, 2019 | California

California is projected to face a shortage of 4,100 primary care providers, 600,000 home health workers, and up to 40 percent of behavioral health providers in 10 years. The California Future Health Workforce Commission released its new report this month analyzing California’s current and future health care workforce shortage trends...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Diana Shiba, MD, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Marjie High | Feb 18, 2019 | California

Diana Shiba, MD is the Chief Government Relations Officer and Regional Assistant Medical Director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She joins us for this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss the cost and stability of the health care market. "I think with Kaiser Permanente, given that we serve...[ Read More ]

L.A. County jail replacement plan sparks questions about the future of behavioral health treatment

Marjie High | Feb 15, 2019 | California

In a 3-2 vote this week, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to convert the County’s Men’s Central Jail into a Mental Health Treatment Center staffed, not by corrections personnel, but by the Department of Mental Health. The move marks a shift in County corrections and mental health treatment...[ Read More ]

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