Getting to Affordability: Spending Trends and Waste in California’s Health Care System
Health care is still far too expensive for many Californians. Crucial to any cost containment effort is a detailed understanding of what costs are being reduced, where they are coming from, and who has the potential to capture the savings. This report focuses on the landscape of health care spending and a framework for understanding cost containment approaches in California.
New & Noteworthy
Newsom Budget Proposal Signals Health Care Priorities
January 17, 2020
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Care Costs, Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Five key health care items in the governor's proposed budget tackle important problems, including homelessness, affordability, and behavioral health capacity.
Commissioning Change: How Four States Use Advisory Boards to Contain Health Spending
Glenn Melnick, Susan Maerki
Health Care Costs
Controlling the growth of health spending is central to any state effort to achieve universal coverage and to relieve consumers struggling with out-of-pocket costs. California can learn from four states that have established state commissions to measure, monitor, and set targets to control health care cost increases.
California Improvement Network Announces New Partner Organizations
January 17, 2020
Twenty health care organizations have been selected as partners for the California Improvement Network (CIN) in 2020-2021. Collectively, these organizations serve or support more than 25 million patients across the state — more than half the population of California.
Top Publications of 2019
In 2019, our readers were particularly interested in CHCF’s publications about California’s health care workforce shortages, the integration of behavioral and physical health care, and quality in Medi-Cal managed care. Our Health Care Almanac reports, presenting the latest data on topics from health care costs to health disparities, also topped the list. These are CHCF’s top 10 publications from 2019.
Fact Sheet: Nurse Practitioners and California’s Latino Community
Nurse practitioners are a vital part of California’s health care workforce. Today they play a particularly important role providing care to underserved Californians, especially Latino communities.
Resources for Generalist Palliative Care
This guide was developed for palliative care specialists and advocates for palliative care who primarily work within another service line (palliative care champions). It includes resources that support educational and quality improvement projects to integrate palliative care into routine care across a range of service lines and patient populations.
2020 Edition — Health Care Costs 101
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
US health spending reached $3.6 trillion in 2018. National health spending grew 4.6% in 2018, a slightly higher rate than the 4.2% growth in 2017. See the data in this quick reference guide.
Assessing the Effectiveness of CHCF’s Health Journalism Grant Portfolio
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
For over 20 years, the California Health Care Foundation has funded nonprofit journalism to help strengthen the media’s capacity to cover health policy in California. The goal of this investment: to ensure that audiences have access to timely, relevant information about the most pressing issues related to the health care and policy landscape.
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 Californians with low incomes.