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.
Expectant mothers can have different delivery experiences depending on the hospital. Where are California's high- and low-performing hospitals on maternity measures?
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.
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.
For patients considering elective surgery, geography matters. This interactive map presents usage rates across California and highlights unexplained variation for a host of procedures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHCF's Free the Data initiative seeks to develop new tools to access, analyze, and communicate health data in California.
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.
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.
Home-centered primary and palliative care programs serve seriously ill patients where they live. CHCF supports the creation of quality measures and reporting standards for this re-emerging model of care delivery.
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.
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.