Publications

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Most Recent Publications

On the Path to Enrollment: Getting Californians Covered Under the ACA

November 2014

Applying for health insurance under the ACA is a challenge. Help is standing by for Californians trying to navigate their way to enrollment.

A Tale of Two Births: High- and Low-Performing Hospitals on Maternity Measures in California

November 2014

Expectant mothers can have different delivery experiences depending on the hospital. Where are California's high- and low-performing hospitals on maternity measures?

All Over the Map: Medical Procedure Rates in California Vary Widely

November 2014

For patients considering elective surgery, geography matters. This interactive map presents usage rates across California and highlights unexplained variation for a host of procedures.

Fighting Cancer with Data: Enabling the California Cancer Registry to Measure and Improve Care

November 2014

Information about cancer care quality in California is lacking. The California Cancer Registry houses important data, which, if linked with other data sources, could help fill the gaps.

Quality of Care: Signals of Change

November 2014

Over the last few years, the quality of health care in California has improved on a number of measures. However, significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in some areas.

Gather Round: Understanding How Culture Frames End-of-Life Choices for Patients and Families

November 2014

When the end of life is near, patients and their families make care decisions that express their culture and values. This research, based on in-depth interviews with families, offers insights for health care providers.

Survival of the Fittest: Health Care Accelerators Evolve Toward Specialization

October 2014

Accelerators aim to nurture health care entrepreneurs and startup companies until they can compete in the marketplace. To survive in a tough environment, they are starting to specialize.

Estate Recovery Under Medi-Cal

September 2014

California can attempt to recoup certain Medi-Cal costs after an enrollee's death. Learn who could be subject to estate recovery and under what circumstances.

Working in Concert: A How-To Guide to Reducing Unwarranted Variations in Care

September 2014

Patients should receive the appropriate level of care — no more and no less. But how is that sweet spot determined? This guide helps organizations get started on reducing unwarranted variations in care.

Up Close: A Field Guide to Community-Based Palliative Care in California

September 2014

Palliative care is taking root to serve people with advanced illness in clinics and homes. Over 20 community-based programs in California share their promising practices.

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