Kern County Looks To Extend Health Care to Rural Areas
Clinica Sierra Vista has agreed to participate in the Kern Medical Center Health Plan, doubling the number of care locations for the program, which aims to provide medical care to rural Kern County residents. Clinica Sierra Vista initially declined to be a part of the program, but Clinica CEO Steve Shilling said a better reimbursement rate, lobbying by program officials and news articles about the program prompted the group to change its mind. The California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting contributed to this report. CHCF publishes California Healthline.
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