Can paramedics improve the efficiency of emergency resources and enhance access to primary care for the medically underserved through a new model of care, called "community paramedicine"?
California's acute care hospitals experienced capacity changes between 2001 and 2010. Most have adjusted to economic stresses and many have improved their financial status.
Can computer kiosks speed up emergency room care? An experiment in several California hospitals shows it is not as simple as just plugging them in.
The state's system for securing on-call emergency department specialist coverage remains costly, complex, and on the edge due to payment concerns, liability questions, and a shortage of specialists.
Although there are now fewer emergency departments (EDs) in California hospitals, some hospitals have expanded their EDs. This issue brief analyzes trends in the use and capacity of the state's hospital-based EDs.
This issue brief tallies freestanding emergency departments, inventories their practices, summarizes their regulation by federal and state governments, and discusses California's FED environment.
This issue brief provides an overview of the extent and impact of ambulance diversion in California, and offers strategies for communities that want to reduce or eliminate it.
Meeting upcoming earthquake safety deadlines may be problematic for as much as half of California's at-risk health care infrastructure. Background and options are discussed in this publication, the first in a series for policymakers.
In October 2007, five fires raged in San Diego County, causing evacuation of more than 500,000 people, millions of dollars in damage, and significant disruption to the county's health care system. This report assesses how well local hospitals responded.
In most cases P/PIP was effective in improving relationships among health plans and practices. Most practices implemented changes in their approach to the treatment of asthma patients, but fell short of true implementation of the chronic care model.