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The CHCF Almanac regularly publishes data and analysis on California's health care market.

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The California Health Care Almanac is an online clearinghouse for data and analysis examining the state's health care system. It focuses on issues of quality, affordability, insurance coverage and the uninsured, and the financial health of the system with the goal of supporting thoughtful planning and effective decision-making.

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California Nurses: Taking the Pulse

March 2014

In 2012, 300,000 registered nurses made up the largest health profession in California. This overview of the nursing workforce looks at supply and demographics, education, distribution, and pay.

California's Health Care Workforce

March 2014

California's health care industry employed more than 1.3 million people in 2012. Five Almanac guides provide data on wages, education, and workplaces for selected health professions.

California Physicians: Surplus or Scarcity?

March 2014

California's physician population has grown over the past 20 years. This report describes the landscape for physician services, including supply, physician demographics, education, and compensation.

California Employer Health Benefits Survey: Workers Feel the Pinch

January 2014

California workers are less likely to be offered employer-based coverage than in recent years, according to this survey, and workers who are covered pay more in premiums and cost sharing.

California's Uninsured: By the Numbers

December 2013

Who are California's uninsured? This annual Almanac report provides data on those who are uninsured and their income levels, work status, age, and ethnicity.

Quality of Care: Steps in the Right Direction

October 2013

A wide array of measures indicates improvements in the delivery of health care in California, but serious racial and ethnic disparities persist.

Arranged Marriages: The Evolution of ACO Partnerships in California

September 2013

Accountable care organizations are springing up across California in an effort to reduce costs and improve care. How have ACO contracting arrangements evolved regionally?

US Health Care Spending: Who Pays?

September 2013

In the past 50 years, the way health care is financed has changed, with private payers and public insurance paying for more care. This interactive graphic shows who paid for the nation's health care and how much it cost.

Health Care Costs 101

September 2013

While the US continues to spend a greater percentage of GDP on health care than any other industrialized nation, the 2011 increase bucked historical trends, according to the latest Health Care Costs 101.

Long Term Care in California: Ready for Tomorrow's Seniors?

August 2013

The number of elderly residents in California is expected to balloon in the next 30 years. Will the long term care system be able to care for the state's aging population?

Mental Health Care in California: Painting a Picture

July 2013

Many Californians with mental illness don't get the treatment they need. This Almanac report focuses on prevalence, care delivery, and cost.

Ready or Not: Are Health Care Safety-Net Systems Prepared for Reform?

June 2013

Even with new federal resources to help, a study finds that communities with weaker safety-net systems are lagging in preparations for health reform.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Big Business, Little Data

June 2013

A growing number of Californians are being sent to ambulatory surgery centers for a wide variety of procedures, yet little is known about the care they deliver because reporting is not required.

Medi-Cal Facts and Figures: A Program Transforms

May 2013

Medi-Cal is the main source of health insurance for one in five Californians. This report provides an overview of the program's key features, describes how the program is evolving, and examines the challenges ahead.

California's Health Care Safety Net: A Complex Web

April 2013

California's health care safety net is a complex web of programs and providers that serve low-income, uninsured residents. See a snapshot before health reform takes full effect.

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