Road to faster HMO care proves a rocky one
Sacramento Bee, March 11, 2008
Six years ago, the California Legislature passed a law requiring the state to adopt regulations to ensure HMO patients have timely access to needed medical services. But there are still no requirements that spell out how soon primary care doctors must schedule an appointment for an urgent healthcare matter or provide referrals to a specialist if necessary. The state Office of Administrative Law rejected draft regulations because the state Department of Managed Health Care did not provide enough time for public comment after the proposal was altered, and now regulators have four months to come up with the next proposal.
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- CA Powers Up $80M HIE to 'Create Value in the Data'
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal