Care Delivery

California’s health delivery landscape is filled with contrasts. The state hosts some of the most prestigious hospitals and health practitioners in the country; yet, it has one of the largest uninsured populations. Managed care penetration is high, but acrimony between the public, the industry, and legislators is growing. CHCF presents an objective analysis of issues and trends.

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Opioid Overuse Webinar Series

May 20 to June 4, 2015

The misuse of prescription painkillers (opioids) is a significant public health problem. CHCF is launching a three-part webinar series to highlight new approaches to this problem.

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

April 2015

Medical wishes documented in the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) can only inform care if they are known. This brief looks at the landscape for adoption of a POLST registry in California and successful registries in other states.

Innovation Webinar: Improving Efficiency and Quality Through Automation

Held: April 27, 2015

Learn how health care providers are using Swoop to manage routine prescription refill requests.

Californians with the Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

April 2015

This Almanac report looks at five major chronic conditions and how each affects Californians.

Training for Motivational Interviewing

April 20 to November 18, 2015

Motivational interviewing is a method used to engage with patients to uncover a patient's intrinsic motivation to change behavior.

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 Maternal Data Center

April 2015

CHCF supports this effort to collect data, analyze it, and report on the quality of maternity care delivered throughout the state to improve care and inform treatment decisionmaking.

Request for Applications: Community Screening of "Being Mortal"

April 2015

CHCF seeks community groups to screen FRONTLINE's "Being Mortal" with Atul Gawande, and promote advance care planning among Californians. Applications due May 29.

Design Challenge: Decision Aid Upgrade

April 2015

CHCF challenges human-centered designers to create a better presentation of treatment and supportive care options for late-stage lung cancer. Entries are due May 29.

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.

Looking for Palliative Care Everywhere

March 2015

We charted the spread of palliative care across the state and, while progress has been made, the supply is uneven.

Innovation Webinar: Patient Registration, Surveys, and More with Digital Tools

Held: March 16, 2015

This webinar highlights software that enables providers to replace clipboards full of paper forms with a low-cost digital communication platform.

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.

Finding a Match: How Successful Complex Care Programs Identify Patients

March 2015

Complex care management programs can help patients while minimizing unnecessary cost — but only if matched with the patients most likely to benefit from these services.

Innovation Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Low Health-Literacy Patients

Held: February 25, 2015

Hear about Meducation, a product that addresses a major barrier to medication adherence — a patient's inability to understand medication instructions due to such factors as language barriers, reading level, or poor eyesight.

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