DENVER-HHS earlier this month said it has extended a waiver that allows the state of Colorado's Medicaid program to keep providing mental health services through a managed-care plan. The plan is now approved through April 2003. In agreeing to grant the extension, HHS required Colorado to take "an even more active role in monitoring the program," the agency said in a news release. The agreement requires the state to "conduct consumer satisfaction surveys; develop a timeline to analyze and monitor complaints, grievances and appeals; and be more active in monitoring services for children with special needs."
SAN FRANCISCO-Some 2,300 healthcare workers in the San Francisco area held a three-day strike beginning April 16 against nine Bay Area hospitals owned by Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif. The workers, represented by an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, want a greater say in staffing levels at the facilities. Hospitals affected include 520-bed California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, 468-bed Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley and 420-bed Summit Medical Center in Oakland.