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Medi-Cal Sued For Pushing Patients Into Managed Care Despite Judges’ Orders
California Healthline – 8.10.17
Thirty-nine states now use managed care plans to cover all or part of their Medicaid populations, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In fact, about 80 percent of California’s 13.5 million Medi-Cal members are now in managed care. Under Medicaid, “patients can see any doctor who accepts them, and providers are reimbursed for each medical service or visit.” Under managed care plans, “the state contracts with health plans to deliver benefits to enrollees and pays them a fixed monthly premium to cover the expense of doing so.” This shift can mean that patients must change doctors. This can create challenges for patients with complex health needs, including children and youth with mental health conditions.
In California, Medi-Cal patients who are slated to move to managed care can file an appeal, if desired. If their appeal is denied, their case goes before an administrative law judge, and if approved, patients should be able to stay on their Medi-Cal plan. However, on Tuesday, a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court “alleges that the [Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)] is…illegally reversing decisions by administrative law judges that would allow patients with complex medical conditions to remain in fee-for-service Medi-Cal.” The suit seeks “redress for Medi-Cal recipients who have already had judges’ decisions overturned, as well as those who may appeal in the future.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), boys are 4.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. While boys seem to be more vulnerable to the disorder, there’s evidence that the gender gap isn’t as large as the data shows. According to Dr. Louis Kraus, a psychiatrist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, that’s because symptoms of autism can be less obvious in girls than in boys. “Girls tend to want to socialize and be part of a group,” he says. Boys, on the other hand, “tend to be more isolative,” says Kraus. Late diagnosis of autism can have negative impacts on young women. Experts are currently trying to learn more about the sex differences between autism in order to intervene earlier.
Obesity And Depression Are Entwined, Yet Scientists Don’t Know Why
California Healthline – 8.11.17
Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues To Your Mental Health
New York Times – 8.10.17
When Should A Child Be Taken From His Parents?
New Yorker – 8.7.17
Teens Plan First-Ever Teen Wellness Conference To ‘Harness Positive Peer Influence’
Mercury News – 8.3.17
A World Without Suicide
Digg – 8.1.17
Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?
The Atlantic – 8.1.17
Internet Searches On Suicide Went Up After ‘13 Reasons Why’ Released By Netflix
Washington Post – 8.1.17
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