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Lung Association releases State of Tobacco Control 2015 report

The American Lung Association released its annual State of Tobacco Control 2015 report. The report grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four key tobacco control policy areas.  In addition, the American Lung Association in California has released a California version of the report which issues grades for all 482 incorporated cities and towns and all 58 counties in our state. Local grades in California are awarded in three categories: Smokefree Outdoor Air, Smokefree Housing, and Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products. Bonus points are provided in a new category called Emerging Issues. Both reports are designed to ...

California Healthline - Offering Health Coverage to Undocumented

Calif. Could Be Model for Offering Health Coverage to Undocumented Thursday, January 22, 2015 RELATED TOPICS: Immigrants Efforts by several California counties to provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants could serve as a model for other states,Kaiser Health News reports. Background As a state, California has taken several steps to provide health coverage to undocumented residents, according to KHN (Gorman, Kaiser Health News, 1/22). Immigrants in the state who qualified for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. In addition, under an executive action by President Obama last year, Medi-Cal coverage could be extended to up to ...

CalHIPSO seeks physicians to sign up for free practice transformation assistance

CalHIPSO seeks physicians to sign up for free practice transformation assistance The California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO) is applying for a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to give California physicians access to free health practice improvement tools and services that would normally be cost prohibitive. The California Medical Association was a founding member of CalHIPSO, which was established in 2009 as a federally designated Regional Extension Center to provide education, outreach and technical assistance to help physicians select and implement electronic health records.   In order to be awarded this grant, CalHIPSO must ...

Measles Outbreak

Disneyland measles outbreak continues to grow; physicians advised to look for signs of the disease in patients The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed 19 cases of measles in people who visited Disneyland theme parks in Orange county between December 15 and 20, 2014. Sixteen of the infected individuals were California residents, two were from Utah, and one is from Colorado. According to California public health officials, of the 16 cases in the state only two were fully vaccinated against the disease. According to CDPH, it is likely that a person infectious with measles was at one of the ...

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