Cost of Care

Electronic Health Records

Millions of Electronic Medical Records Breached

Thieves, hackers and careless workers have breached the medical privacy of nearly 32 million Americans, including 4.6 million Californians, since 2009.

Electronic Health Records

Study: Digitized Medical Records Aid Communication Between Patient and Doctor

It took several electronic nudges before Patti Schwebel booked an appointment for an overdue mammogram. Her doctorsat Kaiser Permanente diagnosed breast cancer two years ago after the films revealed a lump.

Transparency

Viewpoints: New Medical Price Databases may help consumers drive down costs

Health care consumers – and that means all of us – need to get ready for the next reform: transparency. It’s a word with a great positive vibe. It means we might get to understand how hospitals and doctors and labs bill us, and how that compares to...

Can 3 million newly insured fit into current system?

California’s resounding success in enrolling residents in Obamacare health insurance policies and expanded Medi-Cal coverage—a total of nearly 3 million people—is bumping up against the next Big Question: can these new enrollees use their insurance...

Pharmacists' New Roles

Increased responsibility pays health dividends

Jose Navarro regularly trekked to the drugstore after being diagnosed as a diabetic seven years ago. In a sign of transformation in the local fight against diabetes, the pharmacist is now coming to him.

Pharmacists' New Roles

Prescription for Success: Caring

When pharmacist Steve Chen first saw him, Mike Metcalfe was straight out of a hospital ward following an eight-day diabetic coma. He was 50, homeless, weighed 300 pounds, and his doctor had given up on him.

A singer's Obamacare lament

When we last spoke with leukemia patient Carol Kroger, she had resolved to apply for the state-run health reform exchange Covered California, hoping to escape the rising premiums of her private plan.
Dr. Mark Ragins and Summer McLane

Mental Health Peers

A pioneer sees the patient's perspective

Dr. Mark Ragins thrusts his palm forward, like a traffic cop instructing cars to stop. He’s discussing the struggles of mental health treatment in California, and tells a story about a patient who reinforces his belief in a different model.

Assisting Doctors

Obamacare spotlights need for nurse practitioners, physician assistants

His wife caught the flu and was treated at Summit Urgent Care in Palmdale. Then his daughter became ill and sought treatment at the facility. Now it was his turn.

Accountable Care

Obamacare May Alter the Doctor-Patient Relationship

If you have health insurance through Medicare or through your employer—as the vast majority of insured Americans do—you have mostly been insulated from the tumult of the Affordable Care Act rollout. But your turn is coming.

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