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The improvement in access to palliative care may in part be attributed to a new law, which took effect in January, making California the first state in the nation to make palliative care part of the services provided under a Medicaid managed care plan.
The state’s law allowing medical aid-in-dying for terminal patients is on hold for at least another month. A judge refused a stay on his ruling that the measure was illegally passed during a special session of the Legislature. With appeals underway, the uncertainty leaves many questions for the medical community.
Media outlets also report on California STD rates, the changing zeitgeist about the dangers of mothers sleeping with their infants and how barbershops may offer a teaching opportunity regarding heart disease, among other topics.
A court overturned California’s two-year-old physician-assisted suicide law, though a stay is in place. In other news, a loosely linked movement questions how, why and when we die, as well what constitutes a “good death.”
The nursing homes, they know the system and they really game it to where they maximize their advantage,” said Tony Chicotel, a lawyer at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit group. Federal regulators are seeking ways to step up enforcement on discharge laws.
States are supposed to keep track of cases involving the abuse, neglect, exploitation or unexplained death of Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living facilities. But a report from the Government Accountability Office said more than half of the states were unable to provide information on the number or nature of such cases.
Thirty-nine percent of California millennials are caregiving for a child, parent or, most likely, a grandparent.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness.
Surveys of DACA beneficiaries reveal that about one-fifth of them work in the health care and educational sector, suggesting a potential loss of tens of thousands of workers from in-demand job categories like home health aide and nursing assistant.
Police say they also found child pornography when they searched the office, home and a storage unit of Dr. Benjamin Shettell.