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A new federal law requires that hospitals give Medicare patients notice after placing them under observation, along with the reason why they were not officially admitted. In California, it comes on top of a state law that requires quicker notice for all observation patients but does not oblige hospitals to explain their decision not to admit.
In the heated political arguments as Republicans rush to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, reality gets a bit lost.
A selection of opinions on health care developments from around the state.
Opinion writers pick apart the health debate that is roaring on Capitol Hill.
In its investigation of why health care costs are so high, ProPublica reports on the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away.
And in other state government news: the impact of budget cuts on in-home support services worries Stanislaus County officials; regulators face questions about a testing switch in Exide homes; and health care emerges as a campaign issue in the Los Angeles race.
A Kaiser Permanente pain management program in Southern California aims to help patients taper off addictive painkillers. Some doctors and patients see it as a godsend; others complain that patients have been cut off medications they need.
Eisenhower Medical Center updates its position on how doctors can assist patient to die, if they choose, following protests against the hospital’s previous policy.
In other news on pharmaceutical costs, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) questions Kaleo about the $4,500 price tag of its EpiPen alternative and some payers are denying coverage of pricey hepatitis C treatments, despite more discounts.
The relocation, expected to take place in 2019, will move the nonprofit insurer’s 1,200 employees.