What They’re Watching: Stephanie Booth, MD, L.A. Care Health Plan


Alex Nelson, Eli Kirshbaum


For Stephanie Booth, MD, physician representative with L.A. Care Health Plan, increasing Medi-Cal reimbursement rates is a top priority. At the 2023 Southern California Health Policy Conference, Booth told us about what she’s watching in state health policy, which includes the “atrocious” Medi-Cal pay and lack of interconnectivity in health data.

There’s not enough interoperability between the computer systems, so I can’t find out really what happened to my patient except for what they say happened. I’m a pediatrician, and people can’t remember what the discharge weight was. They remember the birth rate, but not the discharge weight, and I have to call somebody. And it makes it very difficult.

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