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Free Care Manual Update & Service Rates Expected September 2016

In an email dated August 30, 2016, California's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced several updates to…


California’s Shortage Of School Nurses Covered by California Healthline

A new national pediatric guideline proposes that every school have a nurse on staff. In California, 57 percent of…


Denial of LEA Preventative Medicine Counseling Claims in California

California's Department of Health Care Services announced that LEA billing claims for preventative medicine counseling…


DHCS Releases Preliminary Guidance on Impact of Free Care-Focused Senate Bill

A recent bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown will require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to…


LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes December 2015 Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-HOc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education…


Telehealth Speech Therapy Services Billable for California LEAs Starting June 2016

DHCS has published a policy and procedure letter (PPL) announcing the forthcoming implementation of telehealth for…


Policy Recommendations for California in the Wake of Free Care

California's School-Based Health Alliance has released a report which focuses on the expanded role that schools can…


HHS and DOE Release Joint Letter on the Link Between Health and Education Services

A joint letter was released by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Acting Secretary of Education which…


CMS Requests Additional Information Regarding SPA 15-021

CMS has issued a request for additional information (RAI) regarding California's state plan amendment, (SPA) 15-021,…


Updates to the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Program Provider Manual

In the November Medi-Cal update newsletter for LEAs, DHCS announced several updates to the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option…