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February 19, 2018

CalOptima Program Expands Services to Seniors

CalOptima’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is expanding through new partnerships with selected Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) centers. With access to these centers, more seniors may join PACE, and existing PACE participants will gain more options to…

February 19, 2018

New COO at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center

Ryan Olsen, who has previously served in executive posts at prominent Orange and Los Angeles county hospitals, has been named chief operating officer at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. He replaces Cheryl Jacob, who retired in January after 37 years with…

February 19, 2018

ACA Enrollment Dips, but States with Own Exchanges Gain Slightly

After much drama leading to this year’s open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage — a shorter time frame, a sharply reduced federal budget for marketing and assistance, and confusion resulting from months of repeal-and-replace debate — the final tally…

February 19, 2018

California Man at Heart of Lawsuit Against Aetna for Improper Denial of Care

Both of California’s health insurance regulators said they will investigate how Aetna Inc. makes coverage decisions, as the lawsuit of a California man who is suing the nation’s third-largest insurer for improper denial of care heads for opening arguments on…

February 19, 2018

Study: Knowing Patient’s Bucket List Can Can Help Plan Medical Care

For physicians, asking patients about their bucket lists, or whether they have one, can encourage discussion about making their medical care fit their life plans, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

February 12, 2018

Survey Finds Physicians, Patients List Compassion as Most Important Element to Good Healthcare

HealthTap, a health technology company serving millions worldwide with its Health Operating System (HOPES) powered by a network of 108,000 doctors and artificial intelligence, recently released a report that reveals that compassion is more important than cost to patients (and…

February 12, 2018

UCI Health System CEO Resigns

The University of California, Irvine, has announced the resignation of Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, as vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of the UCI Health System. He will retain his faculty position and continue his neurobiological research on the…

February 12, 2018

Study: Interactive, Tailored Text Messages Improves Medication Adherence

A first-of-its-kind study found that interactive, tailored text messages improved medication adherence by 14%. The study assessed the impact of text message dialogues on medication refill rates in Medicare patients with one or more chronic diseases.

February 12, 2018

AMA Adopts Resolution Supporting Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Medical Education Curriculum

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates recently adopted a resolution proposed by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) that focuses on arming physicians with information on healthy lifestyles to pass along to patients. The resolution, according to…

February 05, 2018

Health IT Now Launches Alliance to Fight Opioid Addiction Using Health Information Technology

Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – recently announced the launch of its Opioid Safety Alliance. The first-of-its-kind working group, composed of Health…

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