Californians have access to the best health care in the world. Yet on any given day, there can be a disappointing gap between the quality of care that has been advanced by modern medicine and the quality that the average patient receives. CHCF looks at the issues of quality, safety, and variation in managed care delivery.

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California Joint Replacement Registry

March 2015

Despite the high volume of hip and knee replacements, data on device efficacy, surgical technique, and patient outcomes are lacking. A statewide registry aims to fill the gaps.

Free the Data

February 2015

CHCF's Free the Data initiative seeks to develop new tools to access, analyze, and communicate health data in California.

Optimizing the Quality of In-Home Primary and Palliative Care

January 2015

In-home primary and palliative care serves seriously ill patients where they live. CHCF supports quality measures and reporting standards for the re-emerging house call.

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?

Briefing — Enabling the California Cancer Registry to Measure and Improve Care

Held: November 14, 2014

Hear recommendations from an expert workgroup as to how the California Cancer Registry, the statewide population-based cancer surveillance system, could be used to measure, publicly report, and thereby improve the quality of care.

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.

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.

Cancer Care Transparency

November 2014

In keeping with CHCF's move to provide information on medical procedures to make them more "shoppable" for consumers, we have turned our attention to cancer care.

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.

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.

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.

A Community System for Advancing Shared Decisionmaking

September 2014

All too often, treatment decisions regarding elective procedures and preference-sensitive conditions do not take into account patient preference. One community is aiming higher by creating a system to engage patients in shared decisionmaking.

Major Health Plans Invest in California Joint Replacement Registry

June 19, 2014

Blue Shield of California has committed to donate $300,000 over three years, health plan Cigna has pledged to donate $150,000 over three years, and Anthem Blue Cross has contributed $100,000 in 2014.

Improving Patient Experience with Ambulatory Care

May 2014

Public health systems are increasingly focused on improving patients' experience of care. With support from CHCF, 15 clinics benchmarked their performance and tested new approaches aimed at doing better.

CalQualityCare.org: Smarter Choices Start Here

April 2014

This free website from CHCF offers one-stop shopping for ratings and other information on California hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes, and other long term care facilities.

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