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Most Recent Publications

Better Shop Around: Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs in Covered California Plans

May 2015

Consumers with chronic diseases face challenging trade-offs when choosing health coverage, especially when it comes to out-of-pocket drug costs. We offer five examples.

Two More Years: What Does Continued CHIP Funding Mean for California?

May 2015

The Children's Health Insurance Program has two more years of federal funding thanks to recent legislation. What does this mean for California?

Information in a Heartbeat: Readiness Assessment for Establishing a POLST Registry in California

April 2015

Documented medical wishes can only inform care if they are known. We look at the landscape for adoption of a POLST registry in California and successful registries in other states.

Californians with the Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

April 2015

Chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are taking a toll on our state. This Almanac report looks at how five major diseases affect Californians.

Perceptions of the Appropriateness of Care in California Adult Intensive Care Units

April 2015

Researchers have found that patients often receive treatment in the ICU that neither matches their preferences nor is likely to benefit them.

California Employer Health Benefits: Rising Costs, Shrinking Coverage

April 2015

Millions of Californians with workplace-sponsored health plans are paying higher premiums and deductibles in return for reduced benefits, a survey shows.

Survey Says: Californians' Perspectives on Health Care

March 2015

Are Californians getting the care they need? This survey shows that some groups are having a more difficult time accessing care than others.

Nursing 2.0: Improving Care Through Technology

March 2015

Emerging technologies are revolutionizing nursing. First in a series, this case study on laser imaging for wound care examines how nurses are embracing new ways to provide care.

Striking a Balance: Safety-Net Leaders Explore Solutions to the Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

March 2015

Overuse of prescription opioids has led to high rates of addiction and even death. Health care leaders discussed how to manage the use of high-dose opioids in the safety net.

On the Frontier: Medi-Cal Brings Managed Care to California's Rural Counties

March 2015

Medi-Cal recently introduced managed care in 28 rural counties. How is the implementation going and which issues need tracking to ensure a successful transition?

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