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    State will change pediatric dental coverage in 2015

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 05:35 PM

    All children covered by insurance plans purchased through the state's health exchange Covered California will have pediatric dental coverage included with their medical coverage next year, raising questions about the ability of the region to meet demand.

    It's not entirely clear what impact that automatic inclusion will have on the number of patients accessing care because consumers already had to buy pediatric dental bundled with children's health coverage during the 2013-14 open enrollment.

    "We definitely expect the number of covered children to increase with pediatric dental embedded, though whether this results in increased demand for services remains to be seen," said Blue Shield of California spokesman Sean Barry.

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    THE PULSE: There's a new surgical procedure in town

    NEW DEFIBRILLATOR SURGERY: For the last three months, Phil Inglis walked around with a life vest on. Not a life jacket used for boating, but an external defibrillator designed to shock his heart back to a steady rhythm if it started...

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    Death of Robin Williams boosts calls for help

    It's hard to imagine anything good could come from the heartbreaking death of actor and comic Robin Williams, but there is one silver lining. Calls to crisis hotlines set up to prevent suicide have surged nationwide, including locally,...

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    THE PULSE: Insurers launch patient information exchange

    HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE: Two rival health insurers have teamed up to form a nonprofit that will run an independent, statewide health information exchange that the companies hope will improve patient health and hold down medical costs,...

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    State accuses prominent pharmacist of violations

    The state has accused prominent local pharmacist Brian Komoto and Komoto Custom Care Pharmacy of manufacturing drugs without a permit, using expired ingredients to fill prescriptions, not listing an expiration date on some labels and other...

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    A year after symposium, progress against valley fever slow

    David Leon is always glad when a nurse changes his intravenous bag to amphtericin-B, a powerful antifungal medication. "It's yellow. I call it lemonade," he said during a visit Friday to a Bakersfield pulmonologist. The arrival of the...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    KERN YOUTH INJURIES: Kern County youngsters are injured at higher rates than children in California as a whole, according to new figures released from Kidsdata.org. In 2012 -- the most recent year for which numbers were available -- Kern...

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    KMC reduces size of upcoming layoffs

    Rising patient volume at Kern Medical Center and normal resignations and retirements have reduced the number of layoffs planned at the county-owned hospital by 15. Hospital CEO Russell Judd said that only 36 layoffs are planned now. "The...

  9. Bakersfield anesthesiologist loses medical license

    Bakersfield anesthesiologist Dr. Maria Socorro Rolland has lost the right to practice medicine in the state amid allegations she wrote improper prescriptions for narcotics, according to the Medical Board of California. The board filed a...

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    Personal chef on mission to improve health

    The first time personal chef Mayra Melgar was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, she didn't give it much thought. The illness would end when the baby was born, she figured, so she ignored it. But it happened again with her second child,...

  11. State accuses local ob/gyn of 'gross negligence'

    The California Medical Board said Friday it was moving to suspend or revoke the medical license of a local obstetrician/gynecologist it accuses of "gross negligence" in the treatment of pregnant women. Dr. Rahul Sharma practices in Delano,...

  12. Dignity settles with government over drug probe

    Dignity Health has agreed to pay the federal government $1.55 million to settle claims it mishandled controlled substances at its hospitals and clinics. Dignity is California's largest hospital provider and the country's fifth largest...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    STARS OF HEALTH PLAN ENROLLMENT: Nonprofit health care provider Clinica Sierra Vista is having a couple of good weeks. In the past month, the chain of clinics that serves low-income patients in Kern and Fresno counties got two pieces of...

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