The Week in Review: October 13 – October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 News Recap: Disease Management: Women: Hepatitis C in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and management. Hepatitis C (HCV) during pregnancy is associated with serious, adverse outcomes. Infants born to women with HCV are more likely to experience fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. For women, chronic HCV is associated with progressive liver damage and, during pregnancy, can be transmitted from the mother to the fe...

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency amid deadly hepatitis A outbreak

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation Friday that will allow the state to increase its supply of vaccines amid a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed more than a dozen people. The outbreak involves more than 570 of cases in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties. In San Diego County, 490 people have fallen ill and 18 people have died from the liver disease since March of this year, according to the California Department of P

Something is Definitely Wrong: California Doles Out Millions to Insurers for Hepatitis C Drugs

In an unusual funding arrangement, California is paying private health plans hundreds of millions of dollars in supplemental payments to cover the high price of hepatitis C drugs for patients in Medi-Cal managed care plans.While Medi-Cal is California’s program of health insurance for people who are low income, nearly 80 percent of beneficiaries are in managed care plans run by private health insurance companies. The companies are paid a flat rate per memb