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Using run-down motels to care for and temporarily house homeless people recently discharged from the hospital helps stabilize them inexpensively, preventing unnecessary and costly returns to ERs and hospitals.
Proposed legislation would require drugmakers to disclose and justify price hikes. The industry has taken to Facebook and Twitter, warning that the proposal could lead to medication shortages in some regions of the state.
Commissioner says $37 billion deal would stifle market competition, raise health insurance rates and reduce access to care.
A small group of advocates and entrepreneurs is using mobile phones and digital scales to make a difference in the health of poor people, too.
A pioneering program in southern California provides ongoing care and housing to homeless people who are “super-utilizers” of hospital emergency rooms. The effort is reducing ER visits and saving a lot of money.
California’s insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, and the Department of Managed Health Care’s Shelley Rouillard have opposing views of at least one major insurance company merger proposal. California Healthline’s Chad Terhune recently discussed the state’s merger landscape on Connecticut Public Radio station WNPR.
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Costly meds will be discussed at lawmaker hearing on controversial drug price transparency bill.
New research also highlights the public’s lack of knowledge regarding the proper ways to store and dispose of these highly addictive prescriptions.
With the nation’s opioid crisis worsening, officials want you to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. But finding a convenient take-back site requires time and patience.
Hospitals share patient records of “super-users” to save money and avoid duplicating medical treatment.
Two state senators and a health foundation executive offer their perspectives.
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