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Covered California takes novel step to reduce C-section rate
Southern California Public Radio

California’s health insurance exchange will use the threat of exclusion from its approved provider networks as a way to motivate hospitals and doctors to reduce the number of medically unnecessary Cesarean sections.

Beginning in 2019, insurance companies that contract with Covered California must either exclude from their networks any hospitals that don’t meet the federal government’s 2020 target C-section rate or explain why they aren’t, according to the new contract approved by the exchange’s board last week.

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