Cost of Care

Health Care 911

Paramedics constantly serve same patients

The engine of Fire-Rescue Co. 7 heaved out of the station on a recent night — wailing past couples bound for the Gaslamp Quarter straight to a man who was sprawled, legs akimbo, on a dirty third-floor walkway.

Health Care 911

Frequent users strain medical system

With an ambulance gurney cradling his defeated body, Raohl Hursh sought peace with his past inside the frenzied emergency room of the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. It was his 29th visit in four years, his 12th in a month, his second in...

Deadly risks

How the surgery study was conducted

For this study, Stanford professor Laurence Baker analyzed five years of statewide hospital (and some outpatient) discharge data from the&

Massive cuts to in-home care blocked. For now.

Most of the mid-year budget cuts that Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week will take effect on Jan. 1.

Cost pressures

Health system teaches others how to rein in overuse of medical procedures

Officials at Intermountain Healthcare are well aware of the growing move to standardize medical treatments and rein in differences in how doctors and hospitals practice medicine. They’re the ones teaching other hospitals and health systems how to...

Cost pressures

How one health system persuaded its doctors to change. Hint: It wasn't easy.

The Banner Health system, which stretches from Alaska to Arizona, delivers about 30,000 babies a year, about a third by cesarean section. When Banner officials scoured their data, they found wildly different patterns in how those C-sections were...

Cost pressures

Doctors pressured to standardize patient care

Efforts to rein in health care costs are putting pressure on doctors to abandon outmoded or unnecessary practices and choose less expensive treatments, actions cost-control advocates say also can improve care.

Cost pressures

Health systems find the nexus between improved patient care and lower costs

At five Bon Secours Health System hospitals on the East Coast, giving fewer blood transfusions during heart surgeries has had some counterintuitive results: Not only did costs fall, but care improved, officials say. "People think transfusions are...

Growing Funding Crisis

Medi-Cal leader: Beneficiaries may lose doctors

How do you cut public health care services and expand them at the same time? That’s the challenge Toby Douglas faces as he navigates Medi-Cal through drastic state budget cuts and prepares the program to enroll up to 3 million more people under...

Home alone

Riesgo en salud y pérdidas de empleos a consecuencia de los recortes en Medi-Cal en Ca.

Los Ángeles, Ca.- Con el cierre de los Centros de los Servicios del Cuidado de la Salud Diaria en California (ADHC) a partir del 1 de  diciembre, no sólo más de 35 mil personas de la tercera edad serán afectadas en cuestión de salud, sino más

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