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Written by Lisa Shue, BS and Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled plans to expand health insurance to young undocumented people—a proposal that would continue to pave California’s path towards universal health insurance within the state. While the Affordable Care Act has considerably decreased the number of …

More than one-quarter of physicians (28%) report the prior authorization process required by health insurers for certain drugs, tests and treatments have led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients, according to a new survey by the American Medical Association (AMA). The survey of 1,000 practicing physicians found that prior authorization continues …

Update on Growing Healthcare Affordability Crisis in California In this special edition of the Tuesday message to members, I wanted to share some quick updates on issues impacting the state, new offerings for members and a survey to gauge what kinds of vacations members like taking. Recently, the Legislature held a …

California’s drug diversion program allows first-time offenders to avoid a criminal record if they complete program requirements. But if that person is a licensed healthcare provider, their ordeal does not end there. Recently, a California appellate court ruled that licensing boards can now incorporate evidence from a criminal drug investigation …

This article originally appeared on the PatientPop website It’s no secret that patient feedback is an important component of online reputation management for healthcare providers and their practices. And yet, about 71 percent of providers receive reviews from 5 percent or fewer of their patients, according to the PatientPop 2018 survey …

Lower Reimbursement Rates Impacting Patient Access to Mental Health Providers  I begin by focusing on a couple of important areas often overlooked in the healthcare space. First, recent studies showing lower reimbursement rates for mental health services may be impacting local providers and patients. Commercial and Medicare Advantage plans pay …

This article originally appeared on the TigerConnect website In the fast-paced environment of modern healthcare, good hospital communication is critical to patient outcomes and quality of care. Nowhere is this more evident than when handing over a case to another shift, team, or organization. An effective patient handoff process will …

With rising administrative costs, a growing gap in patient self-pay collections, and increasing administrative demands on clinicians’ time, it’s never been more costly to run a healthcare practice. That’s why you need solid strategies to drive financial and clinical performance. We’ve combined our best practices for 3 different practice performance …

This article originally appeared on JNTTek.com The New Year is a time for celebration. It’s an acknowledgment of where we’ve been, and what’s next to come — something new around the corner. The great, big, beautiful unknown. Uncertainty can be a wonderful thing; exciting, even. Just think, it’s the crux …

Governor Newsom’s First Budget Puts Health Care Access, Costs Front and Center The start of a new year means resolutions for some, yet it also signals the beginning of a new era in Sacramento with Governor Gavin Newsom taking over reigns of leadership. Gov. Gavin Newsom released his first state …