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Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital

The federal government has taken a new step to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients by lowering a year’s worth of payments to 778 California nursing homes. It gave bonuses to nearly 317 others in the state. These financial incentives, determined by each home’s readmission rates, significantly expand Medicare’s effort to pay medical

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After Terribly Deadly Flu Season, California Aims To Track Deaths More Closely

California’s Department of Public Health says the flu killed 329 people under age 65 in the last flu season, from October 2017 to August 2018. But that is likely only a small fraction of the total deaths in the nation’s most populous state because the department didn’t count the hundreds of deaths of people 65

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Buyers Of Short-Term Health Plans: Wise Or Shortsighted?

Supporters of the nation’s health law condemn them. A few states, including California and New York, have banned them. Other states limit them. But to some insurance brokers and consumers, short-term insurance plans are an enticing, low-cost alternative for healthy people. Now, with new federal rules allowing short-term plans that last up to three years,

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California Dreamin’? With Newsom’s Win, Single-Payer Unlikely To Follow Anytime Soon

Californians on Tuesday elected a governor who campaigned for a complete overhaul of how people get their health coverage — but they shouldn’t hold their breath. Rather, as Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom and the Democratic-controlled legislature take steps to provide more people with health insurance, they’ll likely approach it piecemeal over several years. Newsom himself is

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Fixing Obamacare’s ‘Family Glitch’ Hinges On Outcome Of November Elections

Last Christmas Eve, Justine Bradford-Trent slipped on ice, slamming to the ground. Her elbow swelled. Was it broken? She couldn’t tell. Because Bradford-Trent was uninsured, she weighed her options. She could go to the emergency room, the immediate but more costly option. The urgent care center cost less, but it was closed for the holiday.

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