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Bourdain on Addiction: There Is No Them — There Is Only Us
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: The late chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who recovered from heroin addiction in the 1980s, used his global platform to educate the public about the opioid crisis.
National Health Spending Passes $10,000 Per Person, and We Should Be Concerned
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
Annual spending on health care in the US has crossed the $10,000 per-person threshold, reminding us to reflect on health care’s unprecedented claim on our resources — and why we should be concerned about it.
”Public Charge” Rule Would Disrupt Safety-Net Access for Some Immigrants
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
The Trump administration signaled plans to make it harder for immigrants to enter the country and to reduce access to a broad range of health and human service safety net programs for immigrants already living here, including US citizen children.
Lost in Transition
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: For those who have spent months, years, or decades away from their communities in prison or military service, it can be daunting — even deadly — to make the transition back into civilian society and access the health care services they need.
San Joaquin Health Plan CEO Built the Plane as She Was Flying It
Medi-Cal, ACA/Health Reform
CEO Amy Shin of nonprofit Health Plan of San Joaquin started her job with a frantic first year of financial damage control, and now the plan is running with a higher level of sophistication and nearly $1 billion in annual revenue.
Jill’s Story: The Power of Telehealth in Rural California
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal, Workforce
A woman living in rural California talks about how technology helped her overcome her community's shortage of mental health practitioners to get counseling that put her life back on track. Watch the video and hear Jill's story.
In Their Own Voices: California’s Community Paramedics Tell Their Stories
Workforce, Behavioral Health
A new form of care has taken hold in forward-looking emergency medical services agencies: community paramedicine. Across California, community paramedics in locally designed pilot projects are demonstrating different ways to prevent emergencies and connect people to the right care at the right time.
Crowdsourcing for Newborns and Nursing Homes
Xenia Shih Bion
Maternal Health, Medi-Cal, Opioid Safety
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: In a use of technology in health care that may surprise some, the online review platform Yelp is helping more consumers find quality nursing homes.
Addiction Treatment Comes to the Emergency Department
In emergency rooms, people with opioid addiction are usually treated for their symptoms and referred to addiction treatment providers. Imagine instead if those patients were treated on the spot for the underlying disease of addiction.
More High-Touch Than High-Tech, Providers Show Up at Seniors’ Front Doors
Workforce, Telehealth, Patient-Centered Care
The population of seniors is growing rapidly while the physician supply shrinks — especially among primary care doctors and geriatricians. Many health care organizations are exploring a surprising solution: old-fashioned house calls mixed with new technology.