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The California State Assembly recently passed AB 890, which would give “full practice authority” to nurse practitioners. But a California physicians group opposes the bill.
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While California's Medicaid expansion has helped provide first-time health insurance to residents throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley, patients living in rural communities still face tremendous obstacles to actually receiving care.
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A hospital in Marin County, California, has successfully lowered its Cesarean-section rates by employing nurse midwives. As KRCB’s Danielle Venton reports, duplicating those results around the state is going to require some creative thinking.

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"It's not your grandmother's Medi-Cal any more." California's version of Medicaid now provides health services for more than 12 million people, almost a third of all Californians. Medi-Cal insures more people than the populations of all but six states.

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One year into the explosive, health law-induced growth of Medi-Cal, it appears one of the most alarming predictions of critics is coming true: The supply of doctors hasn't kept up with demand.

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California mirrors the country's rising rate of C-section births — up by 50 percent in 10 years. That worries experts, who say the procedure carries added costs and risks. But data-driven efforts are underway in the state to turn the tide, with some notable early success.

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Will the increasing use of consumer data in health care create new exclusions and disparities or lead to a future of better care and better health outcomes? A new report outlines the risks and promises of this brave new health care world.

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Are patients more likely to comparison shop when states increase pricing transparency? A recent report found that while New Hampshire's effort was effective in highlighting price gaps between providers, consumer response was tepid and costs didn't go down.

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Patients without insurance often only go to the doctor when they’re sick, and they readily choose the easiest, nearest option — the local emergency room. A big part of health care reform is to encourage patients to get preventive care with a primary-care physician.

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Capital Public Radio launched its multimedia documentary series with a personal, in-depth look inside the lives of adults with autism today. "The View From Here: Autism Grows Up" follows four adults in the Sacramento region with autism who are aiming for a life of choice and opportunity.

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