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14 12, 2022

Office of Health Care Affordability: California’s Healthcare Cost Commission Gears Up for Implementation

In the 2022 session, California enacted legislation to create the state's healthcare cost commission, the Office of Healthcare Affordability (OHCA). As part of the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), OHCA is authorized to analyze the health care market for cost trends and drivers of spending and set and enforce cost-growth benchmarks for the state. It also has the authority to review and assess the impact of mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, and other healthcare transactions on price and competition. As OHCA prepares for its launch, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) hosted a briefing [...]

Office of Health Care Affordability: California’s Healthcare Cost Commission Gears Up for Implementation
15 11, 2022

The Source and Various Stakeholders File Amicus Briefs Urging 9th Circuit to Reverse Jury Verdict of Sidibe v. Sutter Health on Appeal

See case page: Sidibe v. Sutter Health   After the state action UEBT v. Sutter Health settled prior to trial, the Sidibe class action in federal court continued to shine the spotlight on hospital giant Sutter Health. In March 2022, a jury verdict in the Northern District Court of California cleared Sutter of anticompetitive allegations in this decade-long case. Class plaintiffs swiftly filed an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision, citing inaccurate jury instructions and exclusion of key evidence that impacted the final outcome of the case. The Source, [...]

The Source and Various Stakeholders File Amicus Briefs Urging 9th Circuit to Reverse Jury Verdict of Sidibe v. Sutter Health on Appeal
13 11, 2022

Recapping the 2022 California Legislative Session: What Was and What Wasn’t – Part 2: Promoting Telehealth and Tackling Out-of-Network Costs and Prescription Drug Prices

In the previous issue of the California Legislative Beat, we recapped noteworthy bills from year two of California's 2021-2022 legislative term, specifically legislation that sought to regulate healthcare competition and ensure affordable access (see Recapping the 2022 California Legislative Session - Part 1). In this second part of the two-part series, we turn to bills that aimed to eliminate surprise out-of-network costs, advance telehealth, and rein in prescription drug prices, including ones that were signed into law and some important ones that didn't make the cut.   Surprise Out-of-Network Costs While California has some [...]

Recapping the 2022 California Legislative Session: What Was and What Wasn’t – Part 2: Promoting Telehealth and Tackling Out-of-Network Costs and Prescription Drug Prices
7 11, 2022

Recapping the 2022 California Legislative Session: What Was and What Wasn’t – Part 1: Regulating Competition and Ensuring Affordable Access to Care

Year two of California's 2021-2022 legislative term came to an end last month as the Governor signed 997 bills into law and vetoed 169. The state considered healthcare bills that were rolled over from 2021 as well as new ones that were introduced in 2022. At the end of the 2021 session, The Source recapped noteworthy bills impacting healthcare price and competition that were enacted (see blog post). In the 2022 session, the legislature again made efforts to promote healthcare access and affordability in California through several legislative themes. In a two-part series, the [...]

Recapping the 2022 California Legislative Session: What Was and What Wasn’t – Part 1: Regulating Competition and Ensuring Affordable Access to Care