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DHCS to Implement 10% Medi-Cal Cuts in October

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently announced that it would begin to implement the 10% Medi-Cal physician payment rate reduction on October 1, 2013, for Medi-Cal managed care and on January 9, 2014, for fee for service (FFS). DHCS also announced that it would be retroactively implementing the cuts for FFS providers to June 1, 2011, when the law authorizing the cuts went into effect.

SFDPH Health Alert: Surveillance for E. coli O157

Eight cases of presumptive Escherichia coli O157 have been reported to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) during the past week. In order to identify any additional cases of E. coli O157 in San Francisco residents, SFDPH is asking local physicians’ help to notify them of cases that may be related to the outbreak.

Bill Jeopardizing Patient Safety Barely Passes Assembly Committee

After an initial vote held SB 491 (Hernandez) in the Assembly Business, Professions & Consumer Protection Committee last week, a reconsideration vote was granted and today the bill moved out of committee. SB 492 (Hernandez) a related bill dealing with expanded scope of practice for optometrists, was held in committee.