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Drugs to treat epilepsy, triple-negative breast cancer and spinal muscular atrophy are just a few of the medications slated for review over the next several months. But there’s only so much time that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb can buy with dwindling funds. Meanwhile, a furloughed worker who had to start rationing her insulin puts a face to the troubles thousands of people are facing as the shutdown drags on.
The bacterial outbreak, which occurred in 2016, sickened dozens of children, some of whom lost permanent teeth because of the infections. There are now 113 plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits against the Children’s Dental Group, and lawyers expect that number to grow.
The 11 new patient rooms inside the accredited geriatric wing are equipped with sound-absorbing walls and ceilings and a variable lighting system that reflects the actual time of day. The beds are also more comfortable, and patients will be treated by a team of doctors with specific geriatric experience.
Most big hospital ERs negotiate prices for care with major health insurance providers and are considered “in-network.” Zuckerberg San Francisco General has not done that bargaining with private plans, making them “out-of-network.” A Vox investigation takes a look at the hospital’s billing practices.
California-based Juul has launched a new $10 million ad campaign focusing on the pitch that e-cigarettes are helping curb the country’s smoking habits. But experts are saying the new image relies on revisionist history.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared his $209 billion state budget proposal, of which health care accounts for nearly 30 percent, “a reflection of our values.” The governor projects a massive $21.5 billion surplus as growth slows for Medi-Cal. Now he must negotiate with the legislature on a final budget by June 15 — so some of these proposals are certain to change or be eliminated.
The Department of Managed Health Care found 44 instances where Molina violated state statutes and regulations, including 13 incidents where an enrollee’s grievance was not adequately considered, investigated and rectified.
In 2016 and 2017 alone, the Medicare program and patients collectively spent nearly $52 million on the heart disease test made by Bay Area CardioDx. The company has faced accusations that it sold the test even though it knew it was medically unnecessary.
Sasha Cuttler has been pushing to get Mark Zuckerberg’s name dropped from the hospital, saying Facebook’s past handling of user consent and privacy could put the privacy of the hospital’s patients at risk. Cuttler gained an ally last year in San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who is asking the city attorney to look into a legal procedure for removing.
Media outlets take a look at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal for health care, including reinstating the individual mandate for Californians and taking steps toward a universal coverage system.