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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.
A Harvard/Politico poll geared to take the temperature of Americans’ health care views found that while support for a plan like “Medicare for All” was mostly coming from Democrats, even Republicans were receptive to allowing Americans under 65 to buy into Medicare as another option. Americans from both parties were also in overwhelming agreement that lawmakers should make sure insurance companies provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions
According to the California Department of Public Health report, a nurse at the hospital gave the patient 3,000 to 8,000 times the prescribed dosage of blood pressure drug Levophed.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says he will also create a state surgeon general position via executive order and make California the first state to cover immigrants without legal status who are younger than 26 through Medi-Cal. Newsom did not provide details during his inauguration speech about how he is going to pay for these health care goals, though Democrats in the Legislature are generally supportive of his ideas.
On display at the big 2019 CES technology show will be the latest in wearables — “I just got an email about a bladder monitor,” says one analyst — but privacy concerns remain at the front of consumers’ minds.
“The only people for whom these list prices are remotely relevant are those among us who don’t have any health insurance at all,” said Martin Gaynor, professor of economics and health policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Even just knowing the difference between what one hospital charges versus another won’t mean much in practice for consumers.
Michael Martinez previously worked in Gilead’s life sciences sector. Gilead, in turn, disclosed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as recently as Nov. 6 that the California Department of Insurance and Alameda County District Attorney’s Office issued subpoenas in October 2017 requesting documents related to its marketing, and interactions with specialty pharmacies.