New & Noteworthy
Innovations in Telehealth in Behavioral Health During COVID-19
National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Behavioral Health, Telehealth
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a swift pivot to telehealth for the delivery of behavioral health services. What works? What isn’t working? And what barriers to quality care remain? This report from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing was developed specifically for mental health and substance use disorder treatment providers.
Effective Messaging About the Medi-Cal Expansion to Older Adults
Expanding Health Coverage
As of May 2022, Californians age 50 and older with low incomes can enroll in Medi-Cal regardless of their immigration status. Focus groups among newly eligible Los Angeles residents sought to identify what information and messages were most effective at encouraging enrollment.
2022 Edition — People Experiencing Homelessness in California
The number of people experiencing homelessness served by California's homelessness response system (Continuums of Care) increased from 188,000 in 2017 to 255,000 in 2020. This quick reference guide looks at available data on people experiencing homelessness in California and at their hospital and emergency department use.
Medi-Cal and the End of the Public Health Emergency
While the end date is uncertain, when the federal COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) expires, California will have to redetermine eligibility for millions of Medi-Cal enrollees. It's imperative to help these Californians transition to other types of coverage and to ensure eligible Californians keep their Medi-Cal coverage.
Improving and Expanding Programs to Support a Diverse Health Care Workforce
CHCF commissioned the Urban Institute to conduct a national study of health care pathway programs to examine the persistent barriers and challenges facing aspiring doctors and nurses from systemically and structurally excluded groups. The study draws from interviews and focus groups with dozens of students, professionals, and field leaders.
Improving Care for California’s Older Adults: The Role of Community Health Centers and Public Hospital Systems
Pacific Health Consulting Group
Older Adults with Complex Needs
Older adults represent the fastest-growing age cohort receiving care through California’s safety-net provider system. This report outlines potential strategies and opportunities to meet the emerging care needs of older Californians with low incomes, and includes insights from interviews with safety-net system leaders around emerging approaches and challenges they face.
How to Share Data: A Practical Guide for Health and Homeless Systems of Care
Homelessness & Health Care, Data Exchange
This practical guide is intended to serve as a tool for communities at any stage of engagement in cross-sector data sharing between health and homeless systems of care. It is designed to help communities ready to start such efforts for the first time, as well as those that have room to grow their data sharing efforts.
Focus on CalAIM
CalAIM is a multiyear reform led by the California Department of Health Care Services to improve the health outcomes and the overall well-being of Medi-Cal enrollees. Explore CHCF’s collection of tools and resources aimed at helping organizations understand and implement CalAIM.
Investing in Primary Care: Why it Matters for Californians with Medi-Cal Coverage
Edrington Health Consulting
This first-of-its-kind study examines primary care spending by 13 Medi-Cal managed care plans and finds that greater investment in primary care is associated with better quality of care and a higher plan rating.
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