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July 9, 2019

Around the nation: California will repay docs' student loans if they accept more Medicaid patients

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    California will repay the student loans of 247 doctors who promise that 30% of their patients will be beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, California, and New York.

    • Arizona: Ramona Ramadas, a nurse and graduate student at Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, has won more than $60,000 to fund her health care startup, New Trails Navigators. With the startup, Ramadas plans to connect people who are homeless, uninsured, incarcerated, or who misuse drugs to peer health navigators who can help them address their care needs. Ramadas won $50,000 in funds from the Alliance for the American Dream, and won the remaining $10,000 through other competitions (Kommers, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/25).
    • California: The state last week announced that it will repay student loans of 247 doctors who promise that at least 30% of their patients will be beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. California has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the country and has seen a significant increase in beneficiaries in recent years, according to CALMatters/Times of San Diego. The student loan repayment, called CalHealthCares, provides up to $300,000 to recipients over five years. It's funded by the state tobacco tax, which voters increased three years ago (Aguilera, CALMatters/Times of San Diego, 7/7).
    • New York: Stony Brook Medicine on July 1 acquired Eastern Long Island Hospital. Under the agreement, the 90-bed hospital will be renamed Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital but will maintain its own board of directors. Through the acquisition, Stony Brook plans to launch a telehealth program and expand current programs (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/3).

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