Health Care Is a Universal Value. It’s Time for a Universal Effort.
Sandra R. Hernández: Too many low-income Californians are held back or suffer because it is difficult to get the care they need. There are clear ways to make health care work for low-income Californians – if we work together across sectors, across professions, and across ideological camps.
New & Noteworthy
Community Paramedicine Projects Continue to Deliver Big Benefits
New evaluation shows that California's community paramedicine pilot projects have improved coordination between providers, reduced preventable treatment, and resulted in no adverse outcomes for patients.
Partnering to Succeed
The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
This paper outlines seven partnership models that are helping small community health centers (CHCs) improve care and thrive under value-based payment. It also provides a framework to assess which partnership models are right for different CHCs.
County Data Snapshots Highlight Increased Need for Medication-Assisted Treatment
Lisa Clemans-Cope, Marni Epstein, and Douglas Wissoker of Urban Institute
Data snapshots for each California county estimate opioid use disorder prevalence, treatment capacity, treatment gaps, and opportunities to build more resources.
Why Medicaid Is an Untapped Opportunity for Innovation
Behavioral Health, Investing in Innovation
Physician Andrey Ostrovsky learned a lot as an entrepreneur and during a stint as chief medical officer at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Melissa Buckley, director of the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, asked him to share insights about opportunities and pitfalls in the Medicaid space.
Understanding the Rules: Federal Legal Considerations for State-Based Approaches to Expand Coverage in California
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
California policymakers and other stakeholders are exploring state-based approaches to expand or improve coverage within the state. This paper illuminates federal legal issues that need to be considered under each approach.
California’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers: A Black Box of Care
Many surgeries are performed in freestanding, or “same-day,” ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), whose numbers have increased dramatically over the past 11 years. However, due to a legal decision that removed reporting requirements for ASCs in the state, little is known about the volume of procedures, type of procedures, and financial operation of the vast majority of these facilities. This report looks at the most recent data on the supply, use, quality, and finances of freestanding ASCs in California.
Webinar Series — Support for Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (Project SHOUT)
Hospitalizations for people with opioid use disorder represent an ideal time to start treatment. Project SHOUT helps hospitals start buprenorphine and methadone services, with coaching from UCSF specialists.
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.
A Service of the California Health Care Foundation