Medicare

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Medi-Cal experiment is failing most vulnerable patients: Guest commentary

The Affordable Care Act mandates that Medicare dramatically reduce spending to help pay for federal subsidies in the new health insurance exchanges. One upshot: a massive “demonstration” to see if $248 million can be saved this year in the care of...

Pharmacists' New Roles

For diabetics, the best doctor may be a pharmacist

Elba Santos, 63, rolled up her black trousers so Ryan Gates could examine her shins and feet. Gates touched a beet red area, asking if it hurt. Santos winced and nodded. “Even just from breathing, the pain hurts down here,” she said.

Electronic Health Records

E-Record Push Dividing Doctors

Dr. Martin Fee, an infectious disease specialist, doesn’t miss the days of chasing medical records through the corridors of Orange County hospitals.

Electronic Health Records

Hits to Medical Privacy

Since early 2009 the federal government has reported more than 1,000 cases in which private health information was put at risk, affecting nearly 32 million people.

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...

Ask Emily

Ask Emily on KALW's Your Call: What do you need to know about Obamacare?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, five million people have now signed up for plans through government health insurance exchanges. That number could reach six million by the March 31 deadline.

Gov. Brown’s HHS cutbacks would top 20%

Seniors who rely on In-Home Supportive Services would get their care hours cut, Medi-Cal recipients would be limited to 10 doctor visits a year and people with HIV would pay more for drugs under Gov.

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