Holding Plans Accountable for Quality in Medi-Cal Managed Care
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.
New & Noteworthy
California Lawmakers Consider Ways to Close Coverage Gaps
April 19, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: For years, the California Legislature has tried to ensure that all Californians have health coverage, and Governor Gavin Newsom has embraced that goal. Where do things stand in Sacramento?
Catalyzing Coordination: Technology’s Role in California’s Whole Person Care Pilots
Keira Armstrong, Mark Elson, John Weir
Investing in Innovation, Data Exchange, Behavioral Health
Across California, 25 pilot programs are working to closely coordinate physical and behavioral health care with social services to help Medi-Cal enrollees with high-cost, complex needs. This paper delves into the technological successes, barriers, and opportunities encountered by the pilot programs thus far.
CIN Connections, Spring 2019: Managing Financial Risk and Total Cost of Care
Health Care Costs
This issue of CIN Connections includes strategies to manage total cost of care. It features Mitch Katz, MD, head of the largest public health care system in the country, and other health care leaders across the state who share their experiences managing risk and total cost of care.
2019 Edition — Quality of Care: Chronic Conditions
This set of quality measures highlights California’s performance across a range of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease, and includes data by race/ethnicity, payer, and county.
Understanding Medi-Cal’s Asset Test for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Felicia Y. Sze
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
There is concern that Medi-Cal's asset test is harmful to seniors and people with disabilities seeking to enroll. This issue brief describes Medi-Cal's current asset test rules as well as options and questions California should consider as it examines this policy.
Mitch Katz Leads Candid Discussion About Health Costs
April 3, 2019
Health Care Costs
Video: Mitch Katz, MD, the former Los Angeles County health director who left last year to take the helm of New York City Health + Hospitals, returned to California to give the California Improvement Network his provocative views on managing financial risk and total cost of care.
Doctor Builds a Diverse Health Care Workforce for California
April 2, 2019
As president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, David Carlisle, MD, PhD, is making what may be his greatest impact in a stellar career in academia, clinical care, and state health policymaking. In 2018, Carlisle joined the CHCF Board of Directors.
Medi-Cal is the foundation of California’s health care safety net and a major component of the state’s budget. The Medi-Cal Explained series provides an overview of the program, including the people it serves, the services it provides, and how it is organized, managed, and financed.
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.