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The California Department of Healthcare Services, which administers Medi-Cal, calls the problems "unacceptable."
Like the rest of the country, Oregon had far more cases in early 2022's omicron surge than in any previous peak of the pandemic.
Not everyone agrees that vaccine mandates for children are the way forward.
The heartland state's kerfuffle is one more example of political pushback to public health leadership.
Eight years into the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, 2,046 hospitals have been penalized at least once.
Orthopedic surgeons have raked in billions through ties to medical device companies via consulting deals, royalties or ownership stakes, while patients' injuries mount.
Faced with a stream of difficult choices about health and safety during a global pandemic, we may experience a unique kind of burnout that could deeply affect our brains and our mental health.
Already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals around the country are desperate to staff their facilities as the highly transmissible omicron variant spreads.
The closed-door deal could complicate a long-planned and expensive transformation of Medi-Cal, which covers 14 million low-income Californians.
Because comprehensive data isn't available, the scope and impact of current shortages can't be documented with precision. But anecdotal reports suggest the situation is severe.