With “shared appointments,” patients can get more time with less-harried providers, enjoy mutual support and see better outcomes. But the approach has its skeptics.
Medi-Cal program provides vital services to HIV and AIDS patients, but providers say it doesn’t pay enough to allow them to serve everyone who needs it.
Health officials want shopping malls to be fitness centers for seniors. Level surfaces, a safe environment and plenty of places to stop and rest make an ideal place for walking.
Some say the usual methods — abstinence and therapy — may not be enough.
Even after the gas leak in Porter Ranch has been sealed, worries persist about the long-term health risks for residents.
Terminal patients and doctors prepare themselves for California’s new assisted suicide law, which takes effect June 9.
Recognizing the strong link between psychiatric and physical illnesses, providers across the country are integrating primary care into mental health clinics with the help of federal funding.
A UCLA course on aging teaches students about the physical, emotional and financial realities of growing old. Professors hope they will consider careers that serve the elderly.
Even when the state orders nursing homes to readmit residents who have been in the hospital, its orders have no teeth.
Proponents hail the change in policy but say it doesn’t go far enough because federal dollars cannot be used to buy syringes.
California cities increasingly are billing patients for paramedic services that they say were not covered by insurers. One 85-year-old woman took on city hall.
Heated battle expected over November ballot proposal to curb state’s prescription drug costs, as pharmaceutical industry opens its pocketbook to defeat the measure.
The local group is one of several regional affiliates breaking away because of fears about losing flexibility as the national group begins a consolidation effort to gain more efficiency in operations.
California is one of several states to pass laws intended to involve caregivers in discussions when patients are hospitalized or discharged.
An Orange County, California hospital system is posting doctors at supermarkets to help customers make healthier choices. It’s part of a larger national effort among hospitals to improve community health outcomes.
Stricter oversight is required to ensure employers comply with labor standards, says worker advocacy group.
A civil rights complaint says low payment for doctors results in unequal care for Latinos.
Through what’s known as a drug waiver, state officials will have new spending flexibility as they try to improve outcomes and reduce social and financial costs of people with substance abuse disorders.
Many seniors either resist or can’t afford regular dental care, putting them at high risk of gum disease, tooth loss and other serious health complications.
Doctors who minister to seriously ill patients say the flurry of aid-in-dying laws show just how afraid people are of a painful death, and how important it is to ease their suffering.