One in three people who end up hospitalized in California have diabetes, according to the a new policy brief published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
Although diabetes may not be the initial reason for these hospitalizations, the disproportionate share of patients with the disease highlights the effect it is having on California’s health care costs. The report also says the disease is especially high in hospitalized patients from ethnic communities, particularly Latinos.
“If you have diabetes, you are more likely to be hospitalized, and your stay will cost more,” said Ying-Ying Meng, lead author of the study and a researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “There is now overwhelming evidence to show that diabetes is devastating not just to patients and families but to the whole health care system.”
Read the policy brief: Diabetes Tied to a Third of California Hospital Stays, Driving Health Care Costs Higher
After initial glitches, the Covered California health enrollment website was a big success, the Center’s Gerald Kominski said in a recent webinar, and the “Shop and Compare” tool was “particularly useful.” A change he’d like to see: an easier way to set up an online account, which was “frustrating and unnecessarily time-consuming.”
Listen to the webinar “How Did We Do In Year One?”
Health advocates, researchers, and others working on lesbian, gay, bisexual health issues are invited to participate in free online workshops on LGB data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) through AskCHIS its online data reporting tool. CHIS is a unique source of data on sexual minorities and a model for LGB data in federal health care reform. AskCHIS workshops are offered on June 10 and June 24 with Kate Burch, Network Director with the California LGBT Health and Human Services Network, who will share practical applications of CHIS. AskCHIS master trainer, Ashley Parks of the UCLA Health DATA Program, will demonstrate how to work with CHIS data variables, modify estimates, and export tables and graphs for easy use in reports, funding proposals, and presentations. (more…)
Health Net captured 32 percent and Blue Shield 36.5 percent of the health exchange market in Orange County, “a really big dent,” the Center’s Dylan Roby said in an interview with the Orange County Register. In Ventura County, Blue Shield snagged 43 percent of the market, according to the Ventura County Star.
In Orange County, 131,804 people enrolled in Covered California health plans – nearly triple the baseline forecast by the state exchange, according to an Orange County Register story. People “were very pragmatic and put politics aside” in the conservative-leaning county, said the Center’s Shana Alex Lavarreda.
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An article in the Salinas Californian said the health of undocumented farm workers is important to the $4 billion Salinas Valley agricultural industry, but workers are unaware of what health services are available to them. The story cited the recent journal article in Health Affairs by Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research.
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