2019 Edition — Health Care Costs 101
National health spending grew by 3.9% in 2017, slower than the 4.8% growth in 2016. This Almanac report, Health Care Costs 101: Spending Keeps Growing, details how much is spent on health care in the US, which services are purchased, and who pays.
New & Noteworthy
The Secret of Health Care Prices: Why Transparency Is in the Public Interest
Katherine L. Gudiksen, Samuel M. Chang, Jaime S. King
Health Care Costs, Data Exchange
Data transparency is core to bringing down health care costs. This report looks at the legal and economic implications of releasing data on the amounts paid for health care services, including negotiated rates between insurance plans and providers, as a means of controlling costs and increasing access to care.
These Four Federal Proposals Would Have Major Health Implications for Immigrants
July 11, 2019
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
The federal government seeks to modify federal policies with harmful changes that could hurt immigrants’ access to health care and other public benefits while weakening the health and social safety net.
Quantifying Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health Care in Medi-Cal
Katrina Connolly, Len Finocchio, Matthew Newman
How well does the Medi-Cal program meet the needs of patients who require both physical and behavioral health care services? Blue Sky Consulting Group has identified measures that plans and providers can use to monitor health outcomes for people who access care across multiple systems.
Behavioral Health Integration in Medi-Cal: A Blueprint for California
Logan Kelly, Allison Hamblin, Stephen Kaplan
People in Medi-Cal with complex behavioral and physical health needs face a fragmented system that is challenging to navigate. This paper offers recommendations to build an integrated system of care in Medi-Cal, bringing together physical health, mental health, and substance use services to treat the whole person.
State Releases Data on 2018 Health Insurance Enrollment
June 28, 2019
New data on California health insurance markets show overall enrollment changed little from 2017 to 2018, as declines in Medi-Cal managed care and the individual market were mostly offset by increased membership in employer-sponsored small- and large-group plans.
Comments on Proposed Regulation — Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies
Sandra R. Hernández
CHCF submitted this letter in response to the Office of Management and Budget's Request for Comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies.
Improving Quality in Medi-Cal Managed Care
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
Everyone in Medi-Cal, regardless of where they live or their managed care plan, should have the same opportunity to get timely, high-quality care. But today access and quality of care varies widely within the Medi-Cal managed care system.
CHCF Health Innovation Fund
From ending the opioid crisis to making care affordable for all, solving health care's most intractable challenges will require innovative solutions. The CHCF Health Innovation Fund invests in market-based solutions with the potential to improve access and health outcomes for low-income Californians.