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Posted inCriminal Justice, Health Care

Officials, advocates at odds over handling of caregiver abuse cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Officials from the California Department of Public Health and long-term care advocates clashed today at an Assembly oversight hearing over regulators’ ability to process complaints of abuse against nursing assistants. They couldn’t even agree on the number of abuse allegations that have yet to be investigated. Evon Lenerd, a state health department […]

Posted inHealth Care, Health Care Scams

Medi-Cal agency to overhaul drug rehab program after critical audit

California’s Medi-Cal agency is launching an overhaul of its drug rehabilitation program in light of a damning internal audit that spotlights ham-handed oversight and confirms many findings of a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN. The Department of Health Care Services pledged a multitude of changes in a report to the […]

Posted inHealth Care, Health Care Scams

Governor’s budget proposes funding to improve Drug Medi-Cal oversight

Gov. Jerry Brown, seen in 2013.Beck Diefenbach/Associated Press Gov. Jerry Brown wants to add some firepower to the crackdown on fraud in California’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for the poor. The governor’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, officially announced today, includes $2.2 million for 21 new positions to help health officials with […]