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Health Professions in the News: For 2020, California Goes Big On Health Care

California Healthline (January 17, 2020)

The proposals would lower prescription drug costs, increase access to health coverage, and restrict and tax vaping. But most lawmakers agree that homelessness will dominate the agenda, including proposals to get people into housing while treating some accompanying physical and mental health problems...

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Health Professions in the News: Can Behavioral Health Entrepreneurs Finally Break Through?

California Health Care Foundation (September 20, 2019)

In California, nearly two out of three adults with a mental illness do not receive mental health services, and only 1 out of 10 adults with a substance use disorder receives any kind of treatment. These gaps in care have drawn the attention not only of policymakers, but also health technology investors...

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Health Professions in the News: Independent Nurse Practitioners Bridge Big Gaps in Rural Care

California Health Care Foundation (August 7, 2019)

SAN LUIS, Colorado — When Francisco and Ramoncita Medina heard about the planned retirement of their longtime doctor Joseph Quintana, MD — the only physician in this rural town — they worried they’d be forced to move. The Medinas, both in their 70s, knew Quintana as their lifeline to care for diabetes...

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Health Professions in the News: California Takes Historic Step Toward Universal Coverage

California Health Care Foundation (June 18, 2019)

California has taken a historic step toward universal coverage by making sure all young people with low incomes are eligible for Medi-Cal and by making it easier for many Californians who purchase their own insurance to afford coverage. Read full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: A Guide to Graduate Medical Education Funding in California

California Health Care Foundation (February 19, 2019)

California’s diverse population — the biggest in the United States — is growing. The state has an urgent need to train a modern health care workforce with the skills required to provide care in a rapidly evolving environment. Physicians develop those skills from graduate medical education (GME), which...

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Health Professions in the News: Health Workforce Commission Lays the Groundwork for Easier Access to Care

California Health Care Foundation (February 4, 2019)

California’s bold efforts to expand coverage and improve care depend entirely on whether we have the people in place to provide that care. A new report out today from the California Future Health Workforce Commission charts a clear path to ensure that our state has the right people in the right places...

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Health Professions in the News: Five Ways to Cure California’s Doctor Shortage

California Health Care Foundation (January 11, 2019)

We know that primary care is essential for good health, but access to primary care in California varies greatly, with large swaths of the state competing for attention from increasingly fewer doctors. The primary care shortage is complex, rooted in decisions that future doctors make long before they...

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Health Professions in the News: How Community Colleges Can Help End California’s Doctor Shortage

California Health Care Foundation (December 4, 2018)

As a struggling high school student, Marco Angulo, MD, never anticipated that he would one day become a primary care doctor committed to making a difference in his community. But not only has Angulo become an influential figure with his patients, he is now encouraging a growing number of minority...

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Health Professions in the News: California’s Newly Minted Health Care Laws: Doctor Misconduct, Drug Prices, Kids’ Meals And More

California Healthline (October 1, 2018)

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who faced the final bill-signing deadline of his gubernatorial career on Sunday, approved a variety of health care measures that will directly affect consumers — right down to the drinks in their children’s kiddie meals. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Health Affairs Looks at What’s Happening in the Golden State

California Health Care Foundation (September 7, 2018)

In California Healthline, Anna Gorman describes California as “a health care laboratory with mixed results.” Though the state has been a pioneer in embracing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its vast size, diverse population, and the realities of implementing health policy and innovations in a contentious...

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Health Professions in the News: California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

California Health Care Foundation (September 6, 2018)

California is 1 of 28 states — and the only western state — that restricts NPs by requiring them to work with physician oversight. A large body of research has linked such restrictions to a lower supply of NPs, poorer access to care for state residents, lower use of primary care services, and greater...

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Health Professions in the News: Program Tackles California’s Crippling Shortage of Spanish-Speaking Doctors

California Health Report (December 4, 2017)

Her whole life, Isabel Gonzalez dreamed of becoming a doctor. In her native Spain, she was the first person in her family to attend medical school. For nine years, she trained intensively, finally reaching her goal of becoming a primary care physician.   Then she moved to California with her American...

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Health Professions in the News: Training New Doctors Right Where They’re Needed

California Healthline (October 9, 2017)

Dr. Olga Meave didn’t mind the dry, 105-degree heat that scorched this Central Valley city on a recent afternoon. Meave’s sense of familiarity with the region and its residents drew her to an ambitious program in Bakersfield whose goal is to train and retain doctors in medically underserved areas...

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Health Professions in the News: New Commission Plans To Address State Health Care Worker Shortage

California Healthline (August 28, 2017)

California faces a shortfall of primary care doctors and other health care providers, and the gap is expected to widen over time. A new commission unveiled this week will spend the next year investigating the problem and drafting potential solutions. The 24-member California Future Health Workforce...

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Health Professions in the News: To Ensure The Doctor Is Always In, New Panel Tackles Health Worker Shortage

California Healthline (August 23, 2017)

Health and education leaders across California have joined forces with business and labor leaders to address workforce shortages in health care. The new group aims to create a blueprint for policymakers. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Student Health Bills On The Move; Start Time, Transportation Cola And Reserve Cap Up Next Week

California School Boards Association (July 5, 2017)

After approval in the Senate Education Committee last week, Assembly Bill 834 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) today passed the Senate Health Committee and will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would establish an Office of School-Based Health Programs within the California Department...

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Health Professions in the News: Plan to Give Health Care to Every Californian Moves Forward

U.S. News and World Report (April 26, 2017)

California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the...

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Health Professions in the News: New California Laws Effective in 2017

Leavitt Group (March 20, 2017)

With the all the political changes at the Federal level since last November 8th, this year’s update on new California laws kind of got lost in the shuffle. So here, better late than never, is a list and brief summary of selected California bills that may be of interest to employers. Most of these...

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Health Professions in the News: 17 New California Laws You Should Know In 2017

KCRA (January 3, 2017)

As we near the end of 2016, 898 new laws will go into effect in California in 2017 ranging from cellphone use while driving to gun control to human trafficking to booze at hair salons. Check out these 17 laws that could affect you in the new year. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Workplace Safety in California and Beyond: Healthcare Employers and COVID-19

Lexology (May 4, 2020)

In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss special considerations for healthcare employers facing workplace safety inspections, by OSHA or CAL-OSHA, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read/listen to the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: How Rules Are Changing For California Physician Assistants

Law 360 (May 27, 2020)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's March 30 executive order authorized the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue waivers of certain laws and regulations pertaining to health care licensees. On April 14, the Department of Consumer Affairs issued Waiver Order 20-04, waiving certain key restrictions on...

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