CalAIM Explained: A Five-Year Plan to Transform Medi-Cal
California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) is a far-reaching, multiyear plan to transform California’s Medi-Cal program and to make it integrate more seamlessly with other social services. The goal of CalAIM is to improve outcomes for the millions of Californians covered by Medi-Cal, especially those with the most complex needs. This fact sheet includes a high-level overview of the plan's details.
New & Noteworthy
Facts Refute Antivaccine Fearmongering After Powell’s Death from COVID-19
October 25, 2021
Heather Tirado Gilligan
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Even with full vaccination, former secretary of state Colin Powell's immune system — weakened by a blood cancer — couldn't fend off a coronavirus infection.
Raising the Bar for Behavioral Health Care
October 21, 2021
Serene Olin, Lauren Niles
The National Committee for Quality Assurance evaluates the current behavioral health quality measurement landscape and shares insights about the needs and challenges facing behavioral health care organizations.
Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in California — Almanac Collection
All Californians should have access to the high-quality health care they need to lead a long and healthy life. Achieving this requires reducing disparities in health and the social determinants that affect historically excluded or marginalized groups. The Almanac reports in this collection look at health disparities by race and ethnicity in California.
2021 Edition — Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in California
Aurrera Health Group
Disparities among historically marginalized groups in California occur across many demographic categories. This Almanac provides data that show how people of color face barriers in accessing health care, often receive suboptimal treatment, and are most likely to experience poor outcomes in the health care system.
In Their Own Words: How Fragmented Care Harms People with Both Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
Susan Anthony, Rebecca Catterson, Suzanne Campanella
Behavioral Health, Homelessness & Health Care
CHCF commissioned interviews with 54 people enrolled in Medi-Cal who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorder. The paper and accompanying videos highlight what is working — and not working — for them in the health care system.
Essential Elements of Medi-Cal Palliative Care Services
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
This set of tips and tools for Medi-Cal managed care plans and palliative care providers reflects the expertise and approaches of plan-provider partners around the state, and can be used to strengthen these organizations’ collaborative approach to caring for people with serious illnesses.
The Medi-Cal Maze: Why Many Eligible Californians Don’t Enroll
Michele Cordoba, Brenda Lee, Marian Mulkey, Terri Shaw
This qualitative research was designed to better understand what prevents eligible Californians from enrolling in Medi-Cal and to identify ways to make the program even more accessible to the population it is designed to serve.
CHCF & Podcasting
A good podcast immerses you in an intimate conversation while engaging your curiosity. Since 2019, CHCF has supported projects that feature the diverse perspectives of patients and families, clinicians, and others as they seek to navigate our difficult health care delivery system.
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