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.
Held: October 30, 2013
Hear a review of the state of information about cancer care quality in California and possible paths to improve the status quo.
In keeping with CHCF's move to focus on more shoppable conditions and procedures, we are now turning our attention to cancer care.
A wide array of measures indicates improvements in the delivery of health care in California, but serious racial and ethnic disparities persist.
CHCF is partnering in the Knight Foundation's News Challenge to harness health data for use by policymakers at the local level. The challenge ran until September 17.
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.
In California, many who die of cancer receive more aggressive care at the end of life than in the rest of the country. Cancer treatment also varies widely from region to region and from hospital to hospital within the state.
Following a 2011 CHCF study of geographic medical variation in California, leaders in Humboldt County came together to examine the causes of variation in their region. A multimedia story recounts what transpired.
Updated in 2013 to include breast cancer, prostate cancer, and spine procedures, this CHCF-sponsored research shows that practice patterns vary dramatically from place to place.
Held: May 8, 2013
Hear why variation in clinical care at the end-of-life matters, how patient preferences are often at odds with the care they get, and how new data might support the goals of the Let's Get Healthy California Task Force.
As more consumers turn to social media to research purchasing decisions, how do sites like Yelp.com compare with traditional sites for hospital quality information?
California is the only state that does not collect physician identifiers on hospital discharge data. Adding this data would give a more complete picture of health care quality.
San Diego's health care delivery system continues to be defined by hospital systems that are tightly aligned with large medical groups. This report provides a snapshot of the region's health care market.
Although Los Angeles' diverse economy has provided some resiliency during the economic downturn, hospitals have experienced lower patient care revenues. This report provides a snapshot of the region's health care market.
Access to information about value — the combination of cost and quality — can help health care consumers make better-informed choices among health plans and providers.
The San Francisco Bay Area continues to be defined by its abundant supply of hospital beds and health care practitioners, a strong safety-net system, and large medical groups affiliated with nonprofit hospital systems. This report provides a snapshot of the region's health care market.