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Could California’s single-payer proposal reignite debate on health care reform?

Earlier this month, a California assembly committee approved two measures to overhaul the state’s health care system and provide coverage to all residents free of charge. Assembly Bill 1400 would set up “CalCare,” a state-run, statewide system, and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11 would change the state’s tax code to pay for it through a voter referendum. The fate of the legislation, which would establish a taxpayer-funded system similar to those in the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, is likely to…

Single-payer health care clears big hurdle in California

In summary A California single payer healthcare bill advanced out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, but a bigger vote could be next week. CalMatters is dedicated to explaining how state government impacts our lives. Your support helps us produce journalism that makes a difference. Donate now. Get ready for a showdown in Sacramento. On Thursday, a key Assembly committee approved a controversial proposal to create a state-funded single-payer health care system — a move that could put many Democrats, and…

California health system to outsource RCM jobs to Optum

Greenbrae, Calif.-based MarinHealth has selected Optum to provide supply chain and revenue cycle management services. As a result of the partnership, certain MarinHealth employees performing these in-house functions will become employees of Optum. “MarinHealth and Optum are committed to ensuring a smooth transition and exceptional experience for patients, employees and providers,” the organizations said in a Jan. 20 news release.  MarinHealth and Optum said the partnership seeks to streamline billing, patient registration, health plan services, coding and to modernize patient…

Invite Your California Health Care Clients to The Collaborative Education Session on California Medical Debt Laws – ACA International

Jan. 28 webinar will help debt collection agencies and their health care clients in California navigate the state’s new medical debt laws and fair billing rules. Submit your questions for expert panel speakers now. 01/19/2022 3:00 P.M 2 minute read Five associations are joining forces to offer an educational session covering new California medical debt laws on hospital debt collection and fair billing that took effect Jan. 1. ACA International, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Association of Healthcare Administrative…

California can’t afford a costly experiment in health care

In summary There are two main revenue streams Democrats are eying – tapping into federal health care payments and massive tax increases. By Marie Waldron, Special to CalMatters Assemblymember Marie Waldron, a Republican from Escondido, represents Assembly District 75. She is the Republican leader of the Assembly. Waldron is a member of the Assembly Health Committee, and the select committees on Health Care Access in Rural Communities, Biotechnology and Infectious Diseases.  California is still knee deep in the pandemic, with…

UI hospitals CEO Gunasekaran leaving to lead California health system

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Chief Executive Officer Suresh Gunasekaran meets Nov. 19, 2019, with The Gazette’s editorial board and reporters in Cedar Rapids. (The Gazette) Suresh Gunasekaran, chief executive officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, on Oct. 14, 2021, identifies senior medical staff to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds as they take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the North Liberty extension of the UIHC. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette) IOWA CITY — University of Iowa Hospitals and…

What Backers Say California’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Is Missing | ThinkAdvisor

What You Need to Know Anthony Wright of Health Access California says he supports AB 1400 and its goals. He has concerns about whether paying just 100% of the Medicare rates for all care would be adequate. He also has concerns about a lack of revenue and consumer protection provisions. California lawmakers are preparing to hold a second hearing on AB 1400 — the state’s Guaranteed Health Care for All bill — this week. The single-payer health care bill, or…

California allowing COVID-positive health care workers to treat patients

With the highly infectious omicron variant continuing to surge, California is taking an unprecedented step to try to avoid an overwhelmed health care system: allowing doctors and nurses who test positive for the virus to return to treating patients immediately, so long as they are asymptomatic and masked up. The move has drawn pushback from nurses’ unions, who staged rallies Thursday at Bay Area hospitals to demand more staffing and safer working conditions. Hospitals have said they will bring in…

Healthcare sharing ministry ‘sham’ faces suit for allegedly defrauding consumers in California

Dive Brief: An Atlanta-based company claiming to be a healthcare sharing ministry is now facing a lawsuit from California‘s attorney general for allegedly committing fraud. California is now the 14th state to bring action against Aliera Companies, AG Rob Bonta said Wednesday in a statement that slammed the business as a “sham.” Aliera allegedly scammed thousands of consumers in California by collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in monthly payments but denying coverage of medical costs. Instead, the owners “funneled…