Tobacco industry bankrolled an effort to stall the city’s new anti-tobacco ordinance, which business owners argue would lead to millions in lost sales annually.
Blue Shield of California and Magellan, its mental health administrator, violated accepted professional standards in its criteria for residential treatment and intensive outpatient care, according to a class-action suit. The insurer disputes the allegations.
Insurers increasingly cover tests and treatment overseen from afar. Still, regulators in California and elsewhere often won’t count remote providers when measuring the adequacy of physician networks.
A proposed ordinance would block access to menthol cigarettes, as well as e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco with flavors such as chocolate, cherry or popcorn. Studies show such products are overwhelmingly favored by teenagers and some minorities.
Research institutions that stand to lose the most include UCSF, Stanford University and UC San Diego. Total NIH funding for the University of California system reached nearly $2 billion in fiscal year 2016.
The state’s five-year-plan — focused on prevention and ensuring rapid and equal access to treatment — is nothing if not ambitious.
A three-month drug regimen to treat latent TB in a California jail system was just as effective as the standard nine-month approach — and the patients were far more likely to finish treatment.
Putting sexual development on hold gives children a breather as they consider transitioning to the opposite gender. But when to begin?