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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Regional Meeting: Improving Care for Patients with Complex Needs (Los Angeles)

January 29, 2015

This regional meeting is geared toward small teams leading efforts to improve care for patients with complex care needs.

Payer-Provider Partnerships to Expand Community-Based Palliative Care

December 2014

CHCF is funding pairs of payers and providers to develop novel plans for how to deliver and reimburse high-quality, community-based palliative care to patients with serious illness.

Advance Care Planning: Consumer Resources

December 2014

How to spur people to talk about their preferences for care when faced with a serious illness? Dr. Angelo Volandes discusses his powerful videos that help patients understand their options.

A Holiday Gift: Peace of Mind

December 2014

Culturally appropriate education on the advantages of advance care planning, palliative care, and hospice services is spreading to ethnic communities.

Briefing — Exploring the Need for a POLST Registry in California

Held: December 3, 2014

Hear about Oregon's successful implementation and the benefits and options for California to create a registry for POLST forms, which communicate patient preferences for treatment.

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?

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.

Webinar — Huddles and Case Conferences to Coordinate Complex Care

Held: October 29, 2014

Something as simple as a meeting can help improve a patient's care and health outcomes, especially for those with complex needs.

Briefing — Monitoring Access to Care for Medi-Cal Enrollees in a Time of Change

Held: October 16, 2014

Hear about new research on Medi-Cal enrollees' access to care prior to implementation of the ACA. The findings serve as an important baseline that enables policymakers and the public to monitor access to care for low-income Californians. 

Palliative Care Action Community

October 2014

CHCF made grants to establish a one-year collaborative to share approaches and lessons learned regarding community-based palliative care.

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.

When the Data Talk, We Should Listen

October 2014

A CHCF Sacramento briefing on maternity care in California featured two key data points, one about reducing the rate of C-sections, the other on variation in who receives postpartum care.

Request for Information: Pilot of a POLST Registry in California – Technology Platform

October 2014

Medical wishes documented in the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) can only inform care if they are known. CHCF is looking for technology vendors to inform a pilot registry that would make POLST records immediately available to providers.

Request for Letters of Interest: Pilot of a POLST Registry in California – Pilot Community

October 2014

Medical wishes documented in the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) can only inform care if they are known. CHCF is looking for a California community to test a registry that would make POLST records immediately available to providers.

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